Stand Up, Stand Tall: The Cinema of Euzhan Palcy
- Euzhan Palcy, moderated by Claire Diao
Euzhan Palcy is an international writer, director and producer born in Martinique. Her first feature film, "Sugar Cane Alley” (1983) won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival, a first for a Black director – she was also the first female director to win the French César Award. With "A dry white Season” (1989), at the height of apartheid, she offered a condemnation of real-world injustice in the shape of a gripping legal thriller. She became the first Black woman to both direct a Hollywood movie and lead an actor (Marlon Brando) to an Oscar nomination. In 2022, Palcy was awarded an honorary Oscar.
Claire Diao is a French-Burkinabè film critic and distributor. She founded the short film program Quartiers Lointains in 2013, the Pan-African film critic magazine AWOTELE in 2015, and the sales and distribution company Sudu Connexion in 2016. Awarded for her essay Double Vague, le nouveau souffle du cinéma français (Au Diable Vauvert, ed. 2017), she collaborates with Clermont-Ferrand, Fespaco, Durban Talents and the Lincoln Center.