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WHERE ARE THE BLACKS?

The representation of black people in French film, TV and commercials.
FORMAT: 52 MINUTES

 

DOCUMENTARY


We compare the world “as it really is” with the world imagined by today’s filmmakers, writers and producers, and find that it’s an issue that goes far beyond just the problem of the Blacks: it involves our attitude to all minority groups. 

Does the cinema show these “foreign” Blacks as they really are?
According to Emmanuel Todd in his The Fate of Immigrants (1994), the French feel the “need” to see people as equal rather than different.
So what are we to make of the great lack of diversity in the media?
On the poster for the latest of the very popular Les Visiteurs comedy films, there are nine people in the photo, while only eight names appear below it; the missing name is that of the one black actor, Pascal N’Zonzi.