"...Focusing on the popular debate about racism as it relates to nationality, colorism and classism, the filmmaker's attempt to discover her own French roots takes the viewer along on her journey. Addressed from this very personal perspective makes the experience that much more captivating, yet alarming."
- Michelle Materre, Associate Professor, The New School, and Curator, Creatively Speaking Film Series
In TOO BLACK TO BE FRENCH director, Isabelle Boni-Claverie, documents the role of race and the persistence of racism in France, as well as the impact of French colonial history. Through an exploration of her own racially mixed family heritage, and via interviews with historians and academics, she peels back the layers of race relations in a manner that is both sobering and deeply informative. Soliciting black French individuals to share their daily experiences with racial and class discrimination, Boni-Claverie captures sentiments that are alarmingly similar to that of the black experience in America. But how is this so within French society which is well-known for being institutionally colorblind? TOO BLACK TO BE FRENCH is a challenging and revelatory examination that compels viewers toward a substantive discussion on how experiences with inequality and discrimination are more universal than originally realized.