In honour of the Black History Month, the Institut Franco-Américain in Rennes has two events centered around author James Baldwin, just in time for the release of the Oscar-nominated If Beale Street Could Talk.
Born in 1924 in Harlem, New York, Baldwin is remembered as a novelist, poet, playwright, essayist and social critic. From 1948 until his death in 1987, Baldwin spent a lot of time living in France to escape institutional racism in the U.S.A. He produced much of his most famous work including the novel “Go Tell It on a Mountain” and essay collection “Notes of a Native Son.”
On Tuesday 5 February, there will be a talk about the author, and particularly his years of exile in France by Samuel Légitimus from the Collectif James Baldwin.
On Thursday 7 February, there will be a free screening of the award-winning documentary about Baldwin: I Am Not Your Negro.
Institut Franco-Américain Rennes
1 February-9 March
African-American History and Culture
An exhibition curated by students at Lycée Bertrand, Argentré.
At the English-language library. Opening Friday 1 February, 5 p.m.
Tuesday 5 February, 6.30 p.m.
James Baldwin talk
Thursday 7 February, 7 p.m.
I Am Not Your Negro screening
Free – reservation advised: firstname.lastname@example.org
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