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Myth of Colorblind France

Govenar, Alan
For more than a century, African American artists, authors, musicians and others have traveled to Paris to liberate themselves from the racism of the United States. What made these African Americans choose France? Why were the French fascinated by African Americans? And to what extent was and is France truly colorblind?

Alan Govenar’s film investigates these questions and examines racism that has plagued not only African Americans fleeing the United States, but Africans and people of color in France today. The film explores the lives and careers of renowned African Americans who emigrated to Paris, including Josephine Baker, James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Beauford Delaney, and Barbara Chase-Riboud, and includes rare footage of Henry Ossawa Tanner in Paris. Features interviews with renowned author Michel Fabre, jazz aficionado Francis Hofstein, poet James Emanuel, historian Tyler Stovall, filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris, graffiti artist Quik, hip hop producer Ben the Glorious Bastard, African drummer Karim Toure, and many more.

Myth of Colorblind France.

First Run Features, 2020.; [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2021.

Title from title frames.; Film; In Process Record.

Akin Babatunde, Karim Toure, Monique Y. Wells, Thomas Allen Harris, Tyler Stovall

Originally produced by First Run Features in 2020.

Mode of access: World Wide Web.

In English, French

Govenar, Alan, film director.; Babatunde, Akin, actor.; Toure, Karim, actor.; Y. Wells, Monique, actor.; Allen Harris, Thomas, actor.; Stovall, Tyler, actor.

First Run Features (Firm), dst; Kanopy (Firm), dst

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