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Nice! Euzhan Palcy Retrospective At MoMA NYC!

Boy MoMA (The Museum Of Modern Art) here in New York City is really tugging at this writer’s heartstrings…

It was about a month or so ago when I had a conversation with some acquaintances centered on what black filmmakers we’d love to see retrospectives of their work programmed locally. Two names that were mentioned, amongst several others, were Charles Burnett, and Euzhan Palcy.

Earlier this month, we alerted you (and continue to alert you) to MoMA’s recently announced Charles Burnett retrospective, which happens next month; this evening, I learned that Euzhan Palcy will also be fetted with the same honor, in what will be the first USA retrospective of Palcy’s work ever, which will run from May 18 – 30.

Included in this retro will be a newly restored print of her 1983 Venice Film Festival Silver Lion award-winner, Rue Cases-Nègres (Sugar Cane Alley). And that, ladies and gents, is more than enough to get me there! :D

But wait, obviously there’s more… several of her other films which haven’t really been properly released here in the states (made primarily in France) will also screen (some as premieres), like Les Mariées de I’isles Bourbon (2007), an historical epic about forced marriage in 17th-century France; Parcours de Dissident (2006), about the forgotten history of West Indian patriots during World War II; Siméon (1992), a musical comedy fairytale set in the Caribbean; and the biographical documentary Aime Cesaire, A Voice for History (1994).

Of course, her stateside films will also be included in the series, like A Dry White Season (1989) a story centered on South African apartheid, which explores themes of race, gender, and politics from a decidedly feminist perspective;  Ruby Bridges (1998), about segregation in New Orleans from the perspective of a young child; and The Killing Yard (2001), which explores events surrounding the 1971 Attica prison uprising.

But wait… there’s more… Miss Palcy herself will be present to introduce some of the screenings.

Born in Martinique, in 1958, Euzhan Palcy was the first black woman director to have her work produced by a major Hollywood studio (MGM’s A Dry White Season).

This retro should be a must-see for any film lovers in New York, reading this post. I’ll certainly be there as often as I can.

More details when I have them…

2 comments to Nice! Euzhan Palcy Retrospective At MoMA NYC!

  • Art McGee

    Great news, even for people who can’t make the retrospective. A restored print and the availability of previously unseen work means that new DVD or Blu-ray releases could be coming, maybe even a box set.