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Âme noire

Directed by Martine Chartrand
Canada, 2000 (animation, 10 minutes, colour)
Also known as "Black Soul"
Âme noire
Photo © National Film Board of Canada
Video (National Film Board of Canada)

Film Description:
"Black Soul is an exhilarating immersion into the heart of Black culture via a whirlwind voyage through the defining moments of Black History. As an old lady initiates her grandson into his past, a series of perpetually transforming images painted directly under the animation camera unfolds before our eyes. In a mesmerizing swirl of light and colour, the boy traces his ancestry to mighty Pharaohs, and to valiant kings whose praises are sung by a griot beneath the baobab tree. Suddenly, the beating of drums conjures forth the slave market and far-flung exile. At long last, rocked by the rhythms of gospel and jazz, the boy makes his way from the lush Caribbean to the snows of the Americas. A film without words."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Martine Chartrand
Produced by: Yves Leduc, Pierre Hébert, Marcel Jean
Animation: Martine Chartrand
Film Editing: Fernand Bélanger
Music: Oliver Jones, Lilison T.S. Cordeiro
Production Company: Office national du film du Canada / National Film Board of Canada
(sources)

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Quote about Âme noire

"Through a series of gloriously painted images, Martine Chartrand's Âme Noire reflects on the history of African people who have migrated through the Caribbean and America. Âme Noire is a visually stunning piece that unfolds in a breathtaking manner."
-- Liz Czach (source)

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