Rue Cases-nègres (September 28)

Sunday, September 28, 2:00 pm in Green Hall, room 239

Rue Cases-nègres (1983, 101 minutes, French with English subtitles)


     Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Joseph Zobel, Euzhan Palcy’s Sugar Cane Alley (Rue Cases-Nègres), depicts the lives of the poor black families who work in the cane fields in Martinique in the 1930s.  The film’s protagonist, José, is a gifted, but sneaky 11-year-old orphan who lives with his grandmother, a tough, wise woman determined to provide a better life for her grandson.  When Jose wins a partial scholarship to attend a school in Fort de France, she is ready to sacrifice everything for his chance at an education and an escape from the fields.  Presented by Prof. Judy Kem, Dept. of Romance Languages

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