This edition: March 2016 (in French)Tweet
Original tape date: March 23, 2016.
First aired: March 24, 2016.
Rendez Vous with French Cinema
For this new edition of Rendez Vous with French Cinema, the french film festival programmed by the Lincoln Center, Canapé chose to highlight two films " Parisienne " and "Bang Gang" . "Parisienne," is a fictionalized account of the life of director Danielle Arbid, as a young Lebanese student searching for an ideal in Paris of the 90s. “Bang Gang,”the first feature film by Eva Husson portrays French teenagers that decide to explore sexual boundaries during their house parties.
As an essayist, poet, and novelist, Alain Mabankou is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished French language authors of African origin. His work is influenced by his childhood growing up in the Congo. His latest novel, “The Lights of Pointe Noire” was inspired by a trip back to his country. It was awarded The French Voices Grand Prize the night we interviewed the author at the Albertine books in New York city.
Gnawa culture is rooted in the forced displacement of African people and expresses a desire for freedom. The healing ritual “lila” can last late into the night with hypnotic rythms inducing a trance like state of being. At Barbès in Brooklyn the Moroccan band Innov Gnawa invited people to listen and learn.
Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957, Albert Camus died in a car crash in 1960 at the age of 47. Author of A Life Worth Living: Albert Camus and the Quest for Meaning, Robert Zarestsky, sat down with Canape to get at some essential questions such as rebellion and social injustice. In honor of the 70th anniversary of Camus’ trip to New York City, we revisit this interview.
Danielle Arbid Filmmaker
MAALEM Hassem Ben Jaafer Gnawa Master
Eva Husson Filmmaker
Samir LanGus Gnawa Musician
Alain Mabanckou Author
Robert Zaretsky Author