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Black History Month – Ouvrir la Voix

February 7 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm



☞ FILM: ‘Ouvrir la Voix’ (‘Speak Up’) directed by Amandine Gay (122min)
☞ DATE & TIME: Thursday 7 February – Optional walking tour at 6pm, drinks and snacks available from 7pm at the cinema bar; screening at 8pm followed by a debate.
☞ CINEMA: Cinéma Luminor Hôtel de Ville, 20 Rue du Temple, 75004, Paris
☞ TICKETS: €9.50 full price; €7.50 for students and all other concessions. Tickets available ONLINE and at the door. Both cards and cash accepted at the cinema.
☞WALKING TOUR TICKETS: LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY – please reserve in advance to avoid disappointment!


Amandine Gay’s feature directorial debut, OUVRIR LA VOIX (SPEAK UP) was born out of her desire to “occupy public space and to explain why the intersection of discriminations faced by black women in France is as problematic as it is political.” A celebration of the diversity of womanhood within the global African diaspora, Gay calls the film her response to the need for black francophone women to reclaim their narrative, and challenge the suppression of their voices, revealing the complexity and diversity of their lives and identities. Inspiring a conversation through intertwined narratives, SPEAK UP also exalts the history of black women’s resistance – those who’ve fought to be heard, and a testimony to those who will continue to fight into the future. To celebrate Black History Month, Lost in Frenchlation and Fondation des États-Unis teamed up to bring it to you with English subtitles on Thursday 7 February, followed by a debate with the film crew.


Women of African descent converse about what it means to be a woman today and belong to the Afro community. By sharing their experiences and aspirations for the future, they speak up and take control again of their own representation. – Synopsis

“A touching and lucid Afro-feminist documentary, showing how racist clichés are thick skinned”
Les Inrockuptibles

“As radically frank in style as in substance, […] a film of experience and of reflection. It is both a vital film in itself and a virtual kit for the inspiration of other filmmakers; it’s an opening of voices and of paths”
The New Yorker

Watch the trailer (with English subtitles) here:


The screening will take place at cinéma Luminor Hôtel de Ville, located in the area of Le Marais, by Centre Pompidou. We will be offering a selection of Parisian drinks and snacks during our cocktail hour from 7pm. Then, at 8pm, the screening begins, followed by a Q&A with the producer, Enrico Bartolucci, and two members of the cast, Rebecca Chaillon and Nassria Abdoulhamidi! Tickets available both online and at the cinema.


This guided walk is inspired by, and a tribute to, some of the men and women who transformed Paris. Through their stories, we gain an understanding of different cultural and political developments that had an impact on the city. The tour takes in the Latin Quarter and St Germain. Your guide will recount the life stories, illustrated by numerous anecdotes, of key intellectual, artistic and political figures from Africa, the Caribbean and the USA. From the Middle Ages right through to the street demonstrations of the 60s, the Left Bank has always been at the cutting edge of artistic innovation and political debate. You will learn about the négritude movement, the history of jazz, and the explosion of black culture (in music, literature and the cinema) while strolling through this iconic area of Paris. The walk starts at 6pm and lasts for approximately 1 hour and a half. ☞ LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY – please reserve in advance to avoid disappointment:

Don’t miss OUVRIR LA VOIX – A radically frank documentary about the experience of Black Women in France. Our screening begins on Thursday, February 7th at Luminor. Optional ‘Le Paris Noir’ walking tour at 6pm, drinks at 7pm, screening at 8pm, followed by a debate.

À bientôt…

🎬The Lost in Frenchlation Team, in parntership with Fondation des États-Unis and Le Paris Noir.


February 7
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm




Luminor Hôtel de Ville
20, rue du temple
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