This edition: April 2003 editionTweet
Original tape date: April 16, 2003.
A couple of “out-there” artists have moved into loft space in a former factory in an industrial sector of New York City. Nothing special about that except when the artists happen to be Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. The current mega-exhibit Matisse Picasso at the Museum of Modern Art in Queens is drawing crowds worthy of the World Series. Meanwhile back at the ranch, Texas filmmakers Rob Tranchin and Ginny Martin have made a documentary investigating the special relationship between the painters. CANAPE takes a look.
Forty years after independence, the tangled relations between Algeria and France continue. One issue little understood by outsiders is the challenge presented to Islamic women when they come to a secular democracy such as France. Yamina Benguigui's new feature film Inch'Alla Dimanche explores how one immigrant woman navigates the troubled waters of an Algerian family in Paris. The film, which will be distributed on DVD in the USA, follows a story specific to France in its details but universal in its implications. The filmmaker shares her thoughts with CANAPE.
It's a sad fact of genocide that when it's successful there may be little evidence of the atrocity. The witnesses are dead. The only Westerner to enter and survive prison during the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia was Francois Bizot, a French scholar of Khmer art and Buddhism accused of being an American spy. In his remarkable memoir The Gate, now translated into English, Bizot tells of his relationship with Douch, the architect of the genocide, and of his continued engagement with Cambodia as a translator helping to evacuate Westerners from Pnom Penh. The memoirist talks to CANAPE.
Montreal may not be tropical but it certainly is Haitian. In recent years it has become a center of new writing by Haitian authors. Rodney Saint-Eloi is one of the key characters in this small tropical storm of activity. A poet, essayist, children's author, music producer, filmmaker, and publisher, he seems to be a refreshing wind blowing in all directions. On a recent visit to the USA he talked with CANAPE about the ways in which Montreal is a city of worldwide French speaking activity as well as a Canadian metropolis.
Marguerite Duras may be best remembered in the English speaking world for her script to Alain Resnais's Hirsohima Mon Amour and for her bestselling erotic novel The Lover. In fact, she was a prodigious writer of novels, plays, essays, and journalism. She also directed 19 films. Despite her many talents and accomplishments, no one would call her an easy person. In Josee Dayan's new film Cet Amour-La star Jeanne Moreau plays her old friend and collaborator Duras, whose later life was marked by a May-December romance. The filmmaker talks to CANAPE about directing a legend who portrays another legend.
Yamina Benguigui Film Director
Francois Bizot Author
Yve-Alain Bois Professor of Art History, Harvard University
Josee Dayan Film Director
Rodney Saint-Eloi Author