Where are the black French actresses on screen?

If there are the Oscars, the Golden Globe or even the Emmy Awards which reward black American actresses. What about our black actresses in France? In 1987 Isaac de Bankolé became the first black French actor was awarded the César du
"Best hope" in the film Black Mic-Mac, then Omar Sy will win the César for best actor in 2012 for Intouchables. In 41 years of existence of the Césars, only two awards for black French actors. But what about French black actresses?

Indeed, black women in France are almost absent from the screen and there are no films in the French film industry in which a heroine is black ... They are at the intersection of two forms of discrimination: the fact to be a woman, and to be black.
Aissa Maïga and Firmine Richard are the only black actresses recognized in France and who take leading roles on the screen, but they do not receive an award, yet we can not say that they are not talented!

In order not to make black actresses work, the French film industry community is defending itself by relying on the fact that they do not
do not know how to play. But to play, they must be given the same social opportunities as other citizens! Lots of black actresses
row and often content themselves with small roles while waiting for better days. “Young black girls who do not see themselves in contemporary cultural productions do not have a French proposition of idealized self-image. It comes down to not feeling looked at, ”remarks Sarah Chiche, psychoanalyst and clinical psychologist. Some black actresses explain that the fact of not feeling represented in society has absolutely not damaged their self-confidence but it is sometimes impossible to imagine being able to become an actress.

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The roles still offered today are stereotypical ...

In most scenarios there are roles for black women, of course, but they are often called "Fatou" or wear a boubou, are undocumented and have an African accent. These are the roles of very limited composition, embodied by black French actresses. Remember the TV movie "Fatou la malienne" which talked about arranged marriages in France, among the Soninkés from Mali. The latter had gathered more than 7 million viewers. Note that these representations can harm young black women who are also victims of racism on a daily basis.

It should be remembered that the black woman is often associated with a wild image, it is described with the terms "feline silhouette", "doe's eye" or "black panther" (that's how we nickname Naomi Campbell in the fashion world).

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The question that arises is: Would France find it difficult to detach itself from its historical and cultural prejudices of former colonists? Stereotypes taken up by the French audiovisual industry, which does not seem to really want to emerge from them.

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In the United States, even if racism is far from having disappeared, African-American actresses remain more numerous in cinema and television than black actresses in France, who are almost invisible.

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Thus a black person in the United States can discover on the screen a television series composed mainly of a black bourgeois family "Cosby Show" but also very popular series such as "Scandal", "Murder", "Empire". .worn by black actresses.
In addition, the American actresses Halle Berry, Whoopi Goldberg, Viola Davis, Lupita N'yongo or Taraji P.Henson were rewarded thanks to the roles they have held.

In France, most black women turn to the American dream because they see a real difference. They dream of being like Beyoncé, Lupita N'yongo or even Kerry Washington.

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When will France finally offer important and above all non-stereotypical roles to black women? Even if the blacks of France do not have the same history as those of the United States, talent is not a question of color or history!

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Some black French actresses who were able to come out of the shadows ...

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Sara martins

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Present since the first season of “Meurtres au Paradis”, launched in 2011, Sara Martins plays sergeant Camille Bordey.
Born in Portugal on August 19, 1977, it was in 1995 that the actress made her stage debut: she played, under the direction of Roger Planchon, in Le Radeau de la Méduse at the Popular National Theater of Villeurbane. At the same time, she continued her training and entered the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art in 1998. From 2011 to 2015, the young woman acquired international recognition when the BBC team (United Kingdom), in partnership with France Télévisions , offers him the first role in the series "Meurtres au Paradis". The same year, she was in the casting of the new series broadcast on France 2, Détectives, alongside Philippe Lefebvre and Jean-Luc Bideau. She is the voice dub for Rosario Dawson (the Sin City, Trance saga), Zoe Saldana (Colombiana), Halle Berry (Gothika), Kerry Washington (Mr & Mrs Smith), as well as hers in " Murders in Paradise ”, a series in which she plays in English.

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Aissa Maiga
She is arguably (along with Firmine Richard) the most
known from France. Aissa Maïga is an actress full of talents. Very young, she is interested in cinema and dreams of becoming an actress. For her, being a black actress after your thirties, things get tough, the possibilities close, especially when you have not broken through at 20 years. It can even be quite cruel ...
When he is offered to play a character in the cinema, often the skin color of this character is specified. In the film “He already has your eyes”, she adopts a white baby ... and shatters identity stereotypes. A film and a subject that were close to his heart. Her idol was Romy Schneider and she identified with beautiful stories because for Aissa Maïga, they are universal, even if, it should be noted, the heroines are most often white, she emphasizes.

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Firmine Richard

It was by chance that Firmine Richard became an actress. It all started when a casting director spotted her by offering her the lead role in the comedy Romuald and Juliet alongside Daniel Auteuil in 1988. She fell in love with the cinema and subsequently played in Dino Risi's Valse d'amour and held small roles in Elisa by Jean Becker or Une pour tous by Claude Lelouch. In 2002, she became known to the general public by being one of François Ozon's 8 Women, taking advantage of the great success of the film. Subsequently, the roles played by Firmine often remain secondary, but the films in question are for the most part successful. In 2009, she again won a leading role in the comedy Je vous très beaucoup by Philippe Locquet. She is also present on the small screen
in the television series Host Family, and lends its voice to Michel Ocelot's animated film: Les Contes de la nuit. Firmine Richard declares that there are not enough roles for black actresses in the audiovisual industry: "It's up to us to write our own story whether we are African or West Indian!" ".

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