“Marianne Noires,” a film directed by Mame-Fatou Niang, will be screened followed by a discussion with Niang at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 in McKissick Theatre in the Hendrix Student Center. An associate professor of French and Francophone studies at Carnegie Mellon University, Niang conducts research on contemporary France, postcolonial and transnational studies, media and urban planning. Her 2016 “Marianne Noires”centers on seven Afro-French women who discuss what it means to be black and French.
Recent violence and growing nationalism in France have brought fierce debates about the country’s identity to the forefront. The women profiled in "Marianne Noires" have attained a high level of success and influence, which they use to increase visibility for black women in France. However, despite their power, their achievements, and their leadership, and no matter their class background or ancestral heritage, they all survive systemic inequality.
In this documentary, they take us through their battles and retrace their most grueling paths in order to understand the social confines that have affected them professionally, psychologically, and emotionally. They share their ideas and solutions to France’s most daunting issues at the heavy intersection of racism and misogyny, and they bravely lead the way forward.
Sponsors include the department of languages; the world cinema, women’s leadership, and Pan African Studies programs; the Commission on the Status of Black Faculty and Staff; the Gantt Multicultural Center; Global Engagement; Student Affairs; the Clemson Southern Poverty Law Center student organization; the student Council for Diversity Affairs; and the Clemson Feminism Club.
Wednesday, February 27 at 6:00pm
Hendrix Student Center, McKissick Theatre
720 McMillan Rd., Clemson, SC 29634, USA