International Films

Paris in Harlem

United States, 2022, 111 min

Director:

Christina Kallas

Language & Subtitles:

English; subtitles in Hebrew

Writer:
Christina Kallas
Producers:
Christina Kallas, Josh Mandel
Cast:
Vandit Bhatt, Leon Addison Brown, Ellie Foumbi, Laura Pruden, Souleymane Sy Savane

Production:

Festivals:

Slamdance, Cinequest, Munich

Screenings:

Thur. 1.12 | 22:15 | Cinematheque 2

Sat. 10.12 | 14:15 | Cinematheque 4

In 1926, New York City banned dancing in restaurants and bars, as part of an attempt to regulate and restrict black life. Now, just before this antiquated law is repealed, a series of characters from all parts of American society, from an academic lecturer to two outlaws, find themselves inside a bar in the Harlem neighborhood of New York, and discover how a single gunshot will forever change their lives.

In the film by director Christina Callas, the story of Harlem is sometimes depicted as a surprising and rhythmic jazz song, centered on a musical, human and political drama: a straight line connects the racist law of 1926 and the tensions, violence and racism that exist in New York today.