Tuesday, February 9 - 8:15pm
(Germany, 2006, 45 mins, DVD)
In English, French, German with English subtitles
Director: Annette von Wangenheim
"I had been suffocating in the United States… A lot of us left, not because we wanted to leave, but because we couldn’t stand it anymore…"
This is a tender, revealing documentary about one of the most famous and popular artist 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 black perspective. 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.
"Inspiring." Donald Levit, Reel Talk