Film: Dani Kouyate’s Souvenirs encombrants d’une femme de ménage

Dani Kouyate’s Souvenirs encombrants d’une femme de ménage [Sad Memories of a Maid] (France/Burkina Faso, 2008) is a documentary film about a woman’s life trajectory. It will have its New York premiere as part of the African Diaspora Film Festival on Tuesday, December 8, at 2:00pm at the Thalia Cinema, Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York).

The festival program description says: The director of Sia, the Dream of the Python brings us a poetic documentary about Thérèse Berris Parise. Born in 1920 in Gosier, Guadeloupe, Thérèse Bernis Parise is French but Black, free by descending from slaves, Christian but involved in syncretism. With six children from six different men, she fought all her life to overcome poverty. She discovered Paris, became a housemaid, and now at 88, she sings and tells her life story, her trust and despair, bitterness and indulgence, sadness and passion for life.

For full schedule, see http://www.nyadff.org/films.html

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