Cinema and History

Oppressions: the Afro-American struggle for civil rights in genre cinema

The ‘’Cinema and History” selection presents various outlooks on the seventh art. Selected for their aesthetic value and the important historical events they explore, the films in this category are presented by historians and critics.

The six films in the OPPRESSIONS selection examine the manner genre films seized the Afro-American struggle for civil rights in the United States, with a rare film by Ivan Dixon, The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973, on a 35mm film from a private collection), Spike Lee’s second film, a musical titled School Daze (1988) and the recent Get Out by Jordan Peele (2017).

In collaboration with Adrienne Boutang and Mélanie Boissonneau.


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Spencer Williams

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Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A.

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Born in Flames

Lizzie Borden

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School Daze

Spike Lee

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Bernard Rose

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Get Out

Jordan Peele

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Films in the Retrospective

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The international competition is open to :

  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd feature films (60 minutes and over)
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd short and medium length films (less than 60 minutes)
  • without distinction of genre : fiction, essay, animation and documentary of creation (films produced for television - shows, television magazines, news coverage - are not eligible)
  • completed after the 1st of September 2021 and having not been commercially released in France (except for short films, which may have been broadcasted on local or specialty channel, exclusively).

Submissions are open until July 31st, 2022.
The decisions of the selection committee will be given y email mid-October, 2022.

Read the competition’s Rules and Regulations