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Women Visualizing Africa Film Series: Paris mon Paradis

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
5:00 AM
2435 North Quad (4-6 pm), 105 South State Street.

Documentary: Paris mon Paradis (Paris my Paradise, 2011) directed by Eléonore Yameogo (Burkinabé) This documentary is about how the myths of return and of Eldorado keep reviving the influx and suffering of the African migrants in the Occident. In the quest for “salvation” and wealth, Africans are quite regularly heading to the West, their idyllic Eldorado. Their dream has to come true once they set foot in the Eldorado. Shame haunts those who fail to share their “good fortune” or who go back empty-handed without living up to that myth, that golden image of Paris. Yet reality is ruthless. The lives of the African immigrants in Paris are generally tireless struggles. French w/ English subtitles. Q&A with the filmmaker following the film.