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Women Visualizing Africa Film Series | Documentary: Paris mon Paradis

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
12:00 AM
2435 North Quad 105 South State St.

Paris mon Paradis is winner of the Prix du conseil supérieur de la communication au FESPACO 2011; the Prix du meilleur documentaire au festival vues d’Afrique à MONTREAL 2011; and the Prix du meilleur documentaire au FESTICAB – Burundi 2011. This documentary is about how the myths of return and of Eldorado keep reviving the influx and suffering of the African migrants in the Occident. In the quest for “salvation” and wealth, Africans are quite regularly heading to the West, their idyllic Eldorado. Their dream has to come true once they set foot in the Eldorado. Shame haunts those who fail to share their “good fortune” or who go back empty-handed without living up to that myth, that golden image of Paris. Yet reality is ruthless. The lives of the African immigrants in Paris are generally tireless struggles. Eléonore Yameogo was born in Burkina Faso (West Africa) in 1978. She was determined to pursue a career in cinema, which is not an easy path for a woman. She receives a degree in film production from ISIS (The Institute of Film and Audio-Visual) in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). Eléonore Yameogo is part of a young generation of filmmakers willing to explore controversial subjects. Film will be in French w/ English subtitles.
This film series highlights poetic images produced by African women filmmakers. Throughout Africa, women have emerged from the double oppression of patriarchy and colonialism. As producers, directors, actresses, scriptwriters, financiers, promoters, marketers and distributors of film, television, and video, they have become the unsung heroines of the moving image in postcolonial Africa. Unfortunately, these immense contributions by women are underrepresented, both in industry debates and in academic research. There are now many cases in which African women in front of and behind the camera lens have overcome social barriers, yet this is often overlooked. Organizers: Professor Frieda Ekotto (Afroamerican and African Studies and Comparative Literature) and Marie Stoll, PhD Candidate (Romance Languages and Literatures) Free and Open to the Public All of these films will be shown at 2435 North Quad (4-6 pm), 105 South State Street. A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow each film.