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Black Paris

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  • Technical data
  • Format: 16 mm
  • Date: 1981
  • Duration: 58 minutes
  • Writer and director: Richard Olivier
  • Image: Manu Bonmariage
  • Sound: Dominique Warnier, Dan Van Bever
  • Editing: Jan Tavernier
  • Production director: Monique Licht

They are living in the heart of Paris, but they are strangers among strangers in the land of Xenon. Musical expression is the only power they have, the language that binds them together and brings us closer to them. Jungle drums existed well before minuet music and they are still alive, long after minuet music has gone out of fashion. Black people use ancestral instruments to take us back to our roots which have to be preserved at all costs.

We roam through Paris to encounter the KODIA ballet from the Central Afrian Republic; Gérard WILSON, an American choreographer and astonishing dancing instructor; Nel OLIVER from Benin, owner of a recording studio and show-business man; Cheik TIDIAME, a citizen of Senegal without a job or a residence permit; CATHY, a superb girl from the West Indies employed as a fashion model by Paco RABANNE while she is attending language courses at the university; RAMIRO, a refugee from Guinea-Bissau, author-composer and street singer; Nancy HOLLOWAY, former star singer of the sixties …

Black Paris is a series of encounters with the black community in Paris.

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