Josephine Baker, The Story of an Awakening

This event is organized by Cultural services of the French Embassy.

Online screening of Josephine Baker, The Story of an Awakening on La Vingt-Cinquième Heure.


All you need to know…

WHAT: Josephine Baker, The Story of an Awakening

WHEN: Friday, November 19, 2021 – 4pm – 5pm

WHERE: Online

PRICE: Free registration

RESERVATION: Eventbrite .

Directed by Ilana Navaro

| 2018 | 52’ | Kepler22 Productions / Arte France |

How did a poor little black girl from Missouri become the Queen of Paris, before joining the French Resistance and finally creating her dream family “The Rainbow Tribe”, adopting twelve children from four corners of the world? This is the fabulous story of the first black superstar, Josephine Baker. For her bravery and accomplishments, Josephine Baker will be interred in the French Panthéon on November 30th.

Rare and unprecedented archives will resolve the puzzle of Josephine’s fascinating fifty-year-long “headline-grabbing career”. Josephine Baker made three trips “back home” (1936, 1948, 1951), each time she experienced everyday racism, despite her worldwide fame. Each tragic experience triggered her life-changing decisions. Gradually the battle for Civil Rights became her own, up until 1963, when she was the only woman who spoke on stage besides Martin Luther King during the famous March in Washington. From then on, she uses her fame to serve her political utopia until the end of her life. This is the journey of a superstar’s awakening from the “banana dancer” to a humanist fighter. But can fame change the world?


Recipient of the Rockie Awards for Arts & Culture – Banff World Media Festival 2020

Premiere Festival screening (Nov 20th, 2018) – Beirut Art Film Festival

North American Premiere (Dec 5th, 2018) – Montreal, National Art gallery

European Premiere (January 10 -19th, 2019) – Brussels Jazz Festival

FIPADOC (January 24th, 2019)

Festival Les Révoltés du Monde (April 6-13th, 2019)

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