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Black Archive a decolonial approach to experimental cinema

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On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Collectif Jeune Cinéma, Maxime Jean-Baptiste and Stéphane Gérard present a program of films, panels and workshops at Beursschouwburg and Cinematek.


With Black Archive, they propose to reconsider the representation of black bodies through moving images, to deconstruct the racial stereotypes conveyed by dominant cinema and to confront the invisibilization of black people in the production and distribution of experimental film. To probe this absence, the program seeks to reframe these marginalized stories and experiences through the gaze of Afrodescendent filmmakers.


The Collectif Jeune Cinéma was founded in Paris in 1971 to distribute and promote experimental films. In addition, the CJC organizes the annual Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux de Paris, provides access to multiple resources (texts, images, summaries, but also film excerpts, digitized reviews), and organizes screenings and workshops. The CJC's catalog currently includes more than 1,650 films by over 480 international filmmakers.