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Mariannes Noires: Afropean Mosaics

Film - Documentary | February 28 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Mame-Fatou Niang, Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Carnegie Mellon University

Department of Gender and Women's Studies


What is it to be Black in France? Black and French? Mariannes Noires follows seven French women of African and Caribbean descent. They are filmmakers, dancers, entrepreneurs and intellectuals whose Frenchness is rooted in a cultural space stretching from Metropolitan France to Africa and its mama diasporas. The documentary is a mosaic of seven narratives that raise the veil on the challenge of French diversity. With Alice Diop, Maboula Soumahoro, Isabelle Boni-Claverie, Aline Tacite, Bintou Dembélé, Elisabeth Ndala, and Fate Niang. In French and English Subtitles.

Dr. Mame-Fatou Niang is Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Carnegie Mellon University. She conducts research on contemporary France, media, and urban planning. Her most recent research examines the development of Afro-French identities, and the works of second- and third- generation female immigrant writers in France. Her work has appeared in edited volumes and academic journals such as Contemporary French Civilization and Présence Francophone. Dr. Niang is also a photographer and the author of an upcoming photo series on Black France.

Co-sponsored by: Department of African American & African Diaspora Studies; Department of French; and Center for Race & Gender