February 21, 2022, 7:00 p.m.–February 23, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

Amandine Gay: Screening and Lecture

IU Cinema and Dogwood Room, IMU

On Monday, 2/21/22, at 7:00 p.m., IU Cinema will show Speak Up (Ouvrir la voix). In Speak Up, Amandine Gay creates an intimate conversation with Black women located in Francophone Europe. They open up about their experiences of discrimination in interviews filmed in close-ups and take control over their own representation in staged onscreen performances. Using an Afrofeminist approach, this committed documentary highlights the necessity of reclaiming the narrative. What does it mean for women to exist in countries promoting a post-race ideology? In French with English subtitles. Watch the trailer here. The film screening will be followed by a Q & A with Amandine Gay and Enrico Bartolucci, moderated by Dr. Elena Guzman.

On Wednesday, 2/23, undergraduate and graduate students are invited to join a classroom session, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., where Amandine Gay and Enrico Bartolucci will discuss their work. Excerpts of their work will be circulated beforehand. Seats are limited so please register by emailing Julie Le Hegarat.

Also on Wednesday, 2/23, at 6:00 pm, in the Dogwood Room of the Indiana Memorial Union, Amandine Gay will present her lecture, “Practicing Intersectionality and Being Actively Antiracist: Working towards equality and social justice is a dirty job–are you up for it?”

Amandine Gay divides her time between research and creation. Director, producer, academic, activist, she defines herself as a political author since writing can be cinematographic, journalistic, or literary. For her, reclaiming the narrative is an act of emancipation.

Bras de Fer Production is a film production and distribution company founded in 2017 by Enrico Bartolucci and Amandine Gay to distribute their first film, Speak Up. A photographer, editor, director, and producer, Enrico Bartolucci combines a wide range of technical skills with a demanding vision of filmmaking. The complementarity of the two partners’ profiles allows them to master all aspects of creation and production in order to maintain the integrity of their artistic vision independently.

This visit is made possible with the generous support of the Center of Excellence of the French Embassy, the Department of French and Italian, the College Arts and Humanities Institute, The Media School, the African Studies Program, the Center for Documentary Research and Practice, the Black Film Center/Archives, the College Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Department of Comparative Literature.

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