Cinema in Noir – Q & A with Filmmaker Marriette Monpierre

In the latest edition of Cinema in Noir, we chat with filmmaker Mariette Monpierre.

Marriette’s film Elza is the first narrative feature film filmed in her native country Guadelupe.  According to the website the film’s synopsis reads:

A single mother in Paris, Bernadette tried hard to give her daughters everything.  She is thrilled when her eldest, Elza, the first college graduate in the family, completes her master’s degree summa cum laude. But, Elza breaks her mother’s heart by running away to their native Guadeloupe in search of a distant childhood memory:  the father she barely remembers.  This feature debut by writer/director Mariette Monpierre offers an unusual insider’s view of lush island culture as she captures the passion and contradictions of this family.

Today, Marriette discussed the film and the many issues it addresses including colorism and absentee fathers. She also recounts her journey as a filmmaker and gives some sound advice to other aspiring filmmakers.

Check out the trailer:

In addition to the latest film and casting news, we also reviewed Denzel Washington’s latest film Flight as well as Steven Spielberg’s passion project Lincoln.  The film, as well as two articles released this week (“Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman and the State of Period Dramas” and “In Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln,’ Passive Black Characters“) sparked a discussion on whether mainstream period piece films have an obligation to black audiences.

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