FRancophone shorts
program 3


December 1st, 7:00pm : Program 3 (112 min)

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.

Maïmouna Doucouré, France/Sénégal, 21 min
Eight-year-old Aida lives with her family in an apartment on the outskirts of Paris. When her father arrives back from a trip to Senegal, the family's homeland, life radically changes for Aida and the rest of the family. Their father has not returned alone, but is accompanied by a young Senegalese woman, Rama, who he introduces as his second wife. Aida, aware of how distraught her mother is, then decides to get rid of the newcomer.

Françoise Ellong, Cameroun, 18 min
Since the death of her mother Jessie during a car accident in which both her parents were involved, ten year-old Mouna no longer calls her father "Papa" but rather by his first name. Child psychologist, Richard is incapable of caring for his own daughter and decides to entrust her to his best friend and colleague Francis, who saw Mouna grow up and considers her as his own daughter. What follows is an unexpected closed meeting between the psychologist and the little girl, but also with Ashia, the doll from which Mouna almost never separates…

Jessica Palud, France, 19 min
Fourteen-year-old Marlon visits her mother in prison for the first time since she was jailed. Protected by her family and friends, Marlon persists, despite everything, in believing that her mother is her childhood heroine.

Julie Jouve & Rida Belghiat, La Réunion/France, 26 min
Florie, a young mother living on Reunion Island, takes part in the "Diagonale des Fous" (The Madman's Diagonal), a world famous ultra-marathon race. For three gruelling days and nights, she runs across the mountains of her island, inspired to push herself to her limits. But Florie is no average runner: she must also face up to the demons of her past.

La Bataille de San Romano
George Schwizgebel, Switzerland, 2 min
A movement within a painting, which begins with the savagery of a battle and comes to a halt in a rendition of a masterpiece of the 15th Century; The Battle of San Romano by Paolo Uccello.

La rue n’est pas ma mère by
Jérôme Nabonswendé Yameogo, Burkina Faso, 26 min  
Alidou, a six-year-old boy, has to leave  his mother to go study with a Koranic teacher. Once at the master's house, Alidou and the other children suffer all kinds of abuse. He decides to run away with Ali, another child who has come to study.