Female Gazes: Euzhan Palcy x Alice Diop

DOK Industry Podcast 2020

Female Gazes: Euzhan Palcy x Alice Diop


From the Oscars to the Césars, the needle of French cinema has been brought forward by a series of public debates on gender parity, inclusion and the representation of Black and other marginalised groups onscreen. Euzhan Palcy, veteran director of Rue Case- Nègres, A Dry White Season, Siméon and many others, was the first woman to receive a César award by the prestigious Académie des César in 1984. Alice Diop, filmmaker of Danton's Death, On Call and Nous, more recently received a César for her documentary Towards Tenderness in 2017 (in ex æquo with filmmaker Maïmouna Doucouré). 

In the 33 years which span the awards handed down to both Black French women filmmakers, has their filmmaking gaze changed? Has the industry to which they belong made progress? Have the representations of Black people and other ethnic minorities on the silver screen of French cinemas evolved? How do they position themselves set against this backdrop? From fiction to documentary, from the French West Indies to Metropolitan France, DOK Leipzig invites these two major figures of French cinema to discuss their dual consciousness, filmmaking and their careers.

Language: French 
Duration: 68 min

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Claire Diao

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Euzhan Palcy
Alice Diop

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Themba Bhebhe
DOK Industry is realised with the support of Creative Europe MEDIA Programme of the European Union, the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM) and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media upon a Decision of the German Bundestag.
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DOK Industry Podcast 2020