Julius-Amédée Laou's Cinema of Sedition
Programmed by Steve Macfarlane
An indelible voice from the Caribbean diaspora, Julius-Amédée Laou uses biting comedy to expose the cruel absurdities of life spent in France while Black. Outrage is a virtue in these films, which run the gamut from incendiary to poetic, meditative to hysterical. If Laou is most renown in Europe as a dramaturgist, this first-ever US retrospective foregrounds his work as filmmaker. The series includes stunning new restorations of his early short films (which originally premiered at the Images Caribes and Venice film festivals) alongside his debut feature The Old Sorceress and the Valet, freshly preserved from its original 16mm negatives.
Hear directly from Laou at in- person Q&As on October 20 and 21, kicking off an East Coast tour of his work
Leadership support for BAM Access Programs provided by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation
Leadership support for BAM Film provided by the Ford Foundation and The Thompson Family Foundation