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Paris Noir : An Exuberant Journey Through African American Achievements

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Paris Noir : An Exuberant Journey Through African American Achievement In The City of Light

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It's been just over 100 years since jazz burst onto the French cultural scene, marched in by the 369th Harlem Infantry Regiment during World War 1. January 1, 1918 began the spread of African American music, art, literature around the world. Paris Noir -African Americans in the City of Light, a one-hour documentary by Blue Lion Films, tells that outstanding story of pioneering men and women who found liberté, egalité and fraternité (freedom, equality and brotherhood) abroad. For contemporary audiences the film provides a bridge to realize how their achievements affected civil rights across the world, and the value of Black entrepreneurship within Paris' international community.

PARIS NOIR covers the period from the end of World War I to the Fall of France in 1940. This lively documentary follows the footsteps of the influencers: Lt. James Reese Europe and his rollicking 369th Harlem Hell-fighters marching band who “won France by playing music which was ours and not a pale imitation of others”; Josephine Baker who evolved from dancer to civil rights activist and decorated WWII French Resistance spy; entrepreneur Bricktop and jazz genius Sidney Bechet.

Harlem Renaissance writers Langston Hughes and Claude McKay are key figures in the film both for what they wrote about France and the connections they made with top writers from France’s Black African and Caribbean colonies struggling to express a Black identity that was “as strong, worthwhile and valuable as anything else in any other culture”. And completing the picture, are the achievements and challenges of artists like Henry Ossawa Tanner and Nancy Elizabeth Prophet in Montparnasse, the Art capital world.

This film screening will also be followed by Q&A with Julia Browne, The associate producer and Canadian living part time in Paris.

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