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Roots/Routes Caribbean Film Festival: Le Bonheur d'Elza

Sponsored by the Black Film Center/Archive, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Minority Languages and Cultures Program, and IU Cinema. Special thanks to Nzingha Kendall. Screenings are free, but ticketed. The director, Mariette Monpellier, is scheuled to be present at the Screening

Inspired by the reflections of scholars Stuart Hall and Paul Gilroy on the roots and routes of black identity, this series is a glimpse into the vibrancy of contemporary Caribbean filmmaking. These films deal with the legacies of migration to and from the region, as well as the tug of close familial and distant ancestral links. Representing the Caribbean’s linguistic and cultural diversity, Roots/Routes especially emphasizes woman-directed and women-centered films as integral to a truly dynamic Caribbean cinema culture.

Le Bonheur D'Elza, directed by Mariette Monpierre, tells the story of Elza. After graduating from university in Paris, Elza defies her mother’s wishes and returns to the island of her birth. She wants a break from her hectic city life and to reconnect with the father she barely remembers. In this lushly shot film, Monpierre captures the intricacies of class, skin color, and family ties in Guadeloupe.

Monday February 24, 2014 07:00 PM
Monday February 24, 2014 08:30 PM
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