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Sugar Cane Alley

+ African Odysseys panel discussion

La Rue Cases-Nègres

This coming-of-age story, set in Martinique under French colonial rule, received widespread critical acclaim.

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France-Martinique 1984
Dir Euzhan Palcy
104min
35mm
English subtitles
Certificate PG

Palcy received widespread critical acclaim for her exploration of life in Martinique under French colonial rule, with its profound critiques of colonialism filtered through a classic coming-of-age story. The bright young Jose must reconcile the opportunities of an elite education with his shanty-town roots and the values he inherited from M’Man Tine, his tenacious, pipe-smoking grandmother who is the centre of his world.

Print courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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