Paris in Harlem
United States, 2022, 111 min
Language & Subtitles:
English; subtitles in Hebrew
Christina Kallas, Josh Mandel
Vandit Bhatt, Leon Addison Brown, Ellie Foumbi, Laura Pruden, Souleymane Sy Savane
Slamdance, Cinequest, Munich
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 Now, just before this antiquated law is repealed, a series of characters from all parts of American society, from an academic lecturer to two outlaws, find themselves inside a bar in the Harlem neighborhood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.