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America Street
© Idrissou Mora-Kpai
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AUTEUR(S)-RÉALISATEUR(S)

Idrissou Mora-Kpai

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Idrissou Mora-Kpai

SON

Idrissou Mora-Kpai, Shawn Jackson

MONTAGE

Idrissou Mora-Kpai, Misha Mehrel, Isabelle Stroll

PRODUCTION / DIFFUSION

Idrissou Mora-Kpai

ORGANISME(S) DÉTENTEUR(S) ou DÉPOSITAIRE(S)

Idrissou Mora-Kpai

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Joe tient un petit commerce à Charleston, cœur et lieu de rassemblement d‘une communauté noire qui s’étiole. Dans le magasin tout autant que dans le regard subjectif de Joe, les structures racistes ambiantes dont la police, le système scolaire et le marché immobilier sont gangrénés se reflètent. Les vidéos montrant l’assassinat de Walter Scott par un officier de police en 2015 témoignent de l’existence de violences racistes et ont donné naissance au mouvement américain Black Lives Matter. Joe et son voisinage s’engagent activement contre la discrimination et la gentrification.

On America Street in Charleston’s East Side neighborhood, Joe is the owner of a small corner store, the heart of an old but slowly disappearing black community. Almost half of all African-Americans trace their origins back to Charleston, a city that is still haunted by its slave owning past. In the face of the multiple challenges that African Americans face, Joe is determined to stay hopeful and to resist losing his neighborhood to the rising forces of gentrification.
My film captures three months during 2015 of Joe’s daily struggles set against the backdrop of racist violence in the city, from the killing of Walter Scott by a police officer to the Emanuel Church massacre by a young white supremacist. I was inspired to make the film when I moved to South Carolina in 2013. I am a West African immigrant and I was, and still am, trying to navigate a country that feels, in many ways, increasingly unwelcoming towards black bodies. Through the character of Joe, my film examines how African Americans feel marginalized in a once predominantly black city like Charleston and how white supremacy is becoming more pervasive and insidious in America.

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