Past Event

Race, Gender and Cinema

October 18, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Columbia Global Centers l Paris, 4 rue de Chevreuse, 75006

Join us for a conversation between

Euzhan Palcy, Filmmaker


Myriam Cottias, Historian and Research Director at the University of the West Indies-Guyana

Born in Martinique, Euzhan Palcy is a film director, writer and producer. In 1983, she directed "Sugar Cane Alley" ("Rue Cases Nègres") putting the French West Indies on cinema’s world stages. This critically acclaimed movie went on to win the prestigious Cesar award (French Academy Award) for best first film making Euzhan Palcy the first black director (male or female) to be granted this prestigious award.

"Sugar Cane Alley" ("Rue Cases Nègres") won more than 17 international awards including the Silver Lion and Best Actress awards at the Venice Film Festival. She’s the author of successful movies "A Dry White Season," about apartheid in South Africa; "Siméon" a musical and fantasy film (reissued in 2016); a documentary trilogy "Aimé Césaire : A Voice For History" (1994, reissued in 2006 as "Aimé Césaire : A Voice For The 21st Century" ) and directed and co-produced Ruby Bridges; "The Killing Yard" (Silver Gavel Award for “Best Film About Justice” by The American Bar Association), a documentary; "Parcours de Dissidents" ("The Journey Of The Dissidents") which tells the incredible story of 5,000 French West Indians, young fighters (boys and girls) during World War II for whom she struggles for their national recognition.  Her films have undoubtedly had a huge impact initiating humanitarian efforts globally for causes extremely important to her core values as a filmmaker and person. In 2016, she was declared one of the "17 Women Who Revolutionized Hollywood" during the WRAP Women's Month.


Born in Bordeaux in 1960 to a Martinican family, Myriam Cottias is Research Director at the University of the West Indies-Guyana, she coordinates the European program Slave Trade, Slavery, Abolitions and their Legacies in European Histories and Identities for the period 2007-2012.

She has published numerous articles on the Caribbean and the issue of slavery, and served as President of the Comité National pour la Mémoire et l'Histoire de l'Esclavage.