A tender, revealing documentary about one of the most famous and popular performing artists of the 20th century. Her legendary banana belt dance created theatre history; her song “J’ai deux amours” became a classic, and her hymn.
The film focuses on her life and work from a perspective that analyses images of Black people in popular culture. It portrays the artist in the mirror of European colonial clichés and presents her as a resistance fighter, an ambulance driver during WWII, and an outspoken activist against racial discrimination involved in the worldwide Black Consciousness movement of the 20th century.
Directed by Annette Von Wagenheim/ 45 minutes/ Documentary/ French,German and English (with English subtitles)
WHERE:Teachers College, Columbia University
WHEN: Fri, Dec 8th, 8:00 PM