November 30th 7:00pm : Program 1 (116 min) + Panel Discussion + Cocktail in the downstairs lounge of the Maysles Cinema with African & European food & wine
Uptown Flicks and Lucie Chabrol, with the support of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie & the Consulate General of Switzerland, present 2 days of Francophone Shorts at the Maysles Cinema in Harlem.
Zoel Aeschbacher, Switzerland, 19 min
A mosaic of interrelated characters living in the same social housing project and all in search of happiness, forgiveness and meaning. Filmmakers in attendance.
The Young Women of Le Foyer
Alberto Amoretti & Giovanni Hänninen, Senegal/Sicily, 25 min
Le Foyer de Jeunes Filles in Tambacounda is a home for girls and young women who come to the capital town to attend secondary school. Coming from villages that only have primary schools, the girls can count on a safe place to live while they finish their education. If not for Le Foyer, they would have to abandon their studies and, most likely, remain in their villages and marry young. Filmmakers in attendance.
Emmanuel Tenenbaum, Canada, 9 min
After a week off work, Sylvie, a model employee for more than fifteen years in a Quebec company, is summoned to a strange meeting.
Mike Cofiz, Ivory Coast, 12 min
A young man decides to conquer his destiny. He listens to his inner voice to find the way and does so with only what he has; his legs, his will, and his courage.
Pablo Munoz Gomez, Belgium, 15 min
"Santa Claus is a capitalist. He brings some presents to the rich children and sweaters to the others." Nikos, 5 years old.
Sur les traces de mon père
Mbossibe Sambaga & Amel Tutel, Benin, 6 min
Jacinthe Folon, Belgium, 4 min
Beware! Bicycles are back in town!
Baloji Tshiani, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 26 min
A satire of the national TV in a country of Africa, spreading its propaganda of soft power between complacent interviews and musical interludes.
Panel discussion to follow with Zoel Aeschbacher, Bonobo’s director, Alberto Amoretti, the co-creator of The Young Women of Le Foyer, Giovanni Hänninen, co-creator of The Young Women of Le Foyer, Lubangi Muniana of Tabilulu Productions and Nadine Kesaman, a film professor at the IAD Film School in Louvain-La Neuve, Belgium. Moderated by Pascale Crepon of Columbia University - Twentieth-Century French and Francophone Theatre.