"Black is not their job", the right fight of black actresses

"Black is not their job", the right fight of black actresses

We interviewed three generations of black actresses engaged in the collective “Black is not a job” who went up the stairs together Wednesday night in Cannes to demand more diversity in French cinema. They are sixteen. Sixteen black actresses already engaged in the collective “Black is not a profession” – Aissa Maiga , Sara Martins, Marie Philomène Nga, Sabine Pakora, Firmine Richard, Sonia Rolland, Maggaiyia Silberfeld, Shirley Souagnon, Assa Sylla, Karidja Toure, France Zobba, Nadège Beausson-Diagne, Mata Gabin, Maïmouna Gueye, Eye Haidara and Rachel Khan – but the movement intends to take a new and unavoidable scale in the wake of this rise of symbolic marches. A book was published on May 3 and they will be present at the March 23rd, in Paris. See as well : Cannes 2018: Aïssa Maïga and 15 black actresses united for diversity The actress Aïssa Maïga (“He already has your eyes”) is at the origin of the book and the collective. A confirmed actress born in 1975, she has long been a victim of prejudices at the time of casting, before becoming one of the most popular actresses of French cinema. “We had this very strong goal of engaging French cinema with our collective, feminist, inclusive book. The Cannes Film Festival was a must-attend event to embody diversity and parity. An appointment with sixteen black French actresses never took place and it was an event. It was a historic moment, “explained the actress, in Cannes. “We are all together. We do not represent only black actresses who are victims of stereotypes but all women outside the cinema sphere. People who are of diversity, black, men, women, Asian, downgraded can join us and thank us already for this statement. It’s moving. We felt so alone, misunderstood that it gives us confidence and that we feel stronger. ” ” In the field of the symbolic, women have already won ” Aïssa Maïga at the 71st Cannes Film Festival. Yannick Vely For Aissa Maïga, the time has finally come to answer the question of the representation of women, blacks and diversity in French cinema. “When two or three years ago women spoke out to denounce the inequalities in the world of cinema, there had been reactions of refusal of this debate. Today, this debate has emerged. Women were 82 on the red carpet and that did not make debate . In the field of the symbolic, women have already won. Now it has to become real equality. It’s the same for diversity. A battle has been won but others are to be fought, the concrete battles of the measures to be taken and the dialogues to be established. “This is not a war of chapel for Aïssa Maïga, on the contrary. “It’s not about tolerance, solidarity but empathy. It is necessary to feel in our flesh what the excluded cross in term of injustice “. Born in 1994, Karidja Touré, revelation of Céline Sciamma’s “Band of Girls”, describes how much discrimination is inscribed in the consciences. “When I wanted to get into cinema, as a teenager, I knew that if we were looking for a 13-14 year old girl without specifying an African type, it was not for me, but for a young white girl, caucasian. We feel excluded. We should be judged on our game and not on our skin color. “In” What binds us “Cédric Klapisch, she played a young Breton girl. “It could have been a white girl, but Cédric Klapisch thought,” I’m going to take Karidja Touré because it does not matter. “And of course he’s right. It is not a coincidence that Cédric Klapisch also gave one of his first roles to Aïssa Maïga in “Les Poupées Russes”. The success of his films also comes from casting choices that reflect the diversity of French youth. “Doyenne” of the collective, Firmine Richard, born in 1947, was able to observe the too slow evolution of French cinema to take into account the diversity of its population. “There is still an evolution, when we see the success of” The First Star “Lucien Jean-Baptiste. The public is ready. Producers “say that” but when I see the success of “Black Panther”, which beats all records, this reluctance is mostly in the minds of producers. “Beyond cinema, Firmine Richard reminds us how much French society puts time to accept its diversity: “look how long it took for a black journalist to present the JT in France, compared to England or the United States. For six months, we had to prepare the viewers. Decision makers are too cautious. “For the actress of” Romuald and Juliette “, it would be necessary to impose quotas. “Since things are not natural, we must take strong measures even if it is not the ideal solution. Perhaps this discrimination is inscribed in the collective unconscious. We must wake up the word and the consciences. ” “Black is not a job” © Edition Le Seuil Any reproduction prohibited

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