About Ouvrir la voix (Speak Up)

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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.

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.

Dr. Elena Guzman is an Afro-Boricua filmmaker, educator, and scholar raised in the Bronx with deep roots in the Lower East Side. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Cornell University and is an Assistant Professor in the African American and African Diaspora Studies Department and Anthropology at IU Bloomington. Her work has been published in Feminist Anthropology, NACLA, and Cultural Anthropology's Screening Room. In addition to her work as a scholar, Elena is a documentary filmmaker. She co-directed a film entitled Bronx Lives (2014) that explores homelessness for Latinx and African Americans in New York and is also the director of Smile4Kime, currently in production, an autoethnographic experimental portrait about friendship, mental health, and Afro-Puerto Rican spirituality. Her work has been shown at MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, Good Pitch Philadelphia, and Blackstar Film Festival. She also co-founded a feminist filmmaking collective called Ethnocine.

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