Black and Swiss: putting an end to systemic racism

The death of George Floyd triggered an unprecedented outpouring throughout the world. Thanks to these numerous testimonies, many Swiss people seemed to discover the racism that some of their compatriots experience on a daily basis. Almost two years later, the film Je suis noires, co-directed by Rachel M'Bon and Juliana Fanjul, tells the story of how black Swiss women have built their identity in a country that did not look like them... until now. Time has come to look ahead and find pragmatic solutions. The world is changing, Switzerland is evolving and the guests of this round table are finding ways to normalize being both black and Swiss.


Tuesday 8 March


Espace Pitoëff - Grande salle

Followed by the debate Black and Swiss: putting an end to systemic racism.

French - English

Co-presented with the service Agenda 21 - Ville durable de la Ville de Genève


Alfonso Gomez Administrative Councillor of the City of Geneva, in charge of the Department of Finance, Environment and Housing

Rachel M'Bon Co-director of the film Je suis noires and journalist


Brigitte Lembwadio Kanyama Lawyer, Vice-president of the Cantonal Commission for Integration and Multicultural Cohesion, President of the association Mélanine Suisse and JeSuisRDCongolaise!

Rebecca Stevens Blogger and anti-racist activist

Moderated by

Amani Bathily Social entrepreneur and co-founder of the Safro Collective

To go further

MACHEREL Cathy “Que doit faire Genève de son héritage colonial?“ dans TDG.

This debat is preceded by the movie:

Competition - Creative DocumentariesFilms in VODImpact Days

Je suis noires

By Juliana Fanjul & Rachel M'Bon

June 2020. Crowds take to the streets of Geneva, Zurich and Lausanne to denounce systemic racism: an unprecedented occurrence in Switzerland, a country that continues to deny any association with slavery and colonial power. Touched by this sudden outpouring of solidarity, Rachel M'Bon, a mixed-race Swiss journalist accompanied by filmmaker Juliana Fanjul, sets out to meet women who speak of their quest for identity in a country apparently so tolerant.

Co-presented with the RTS

  • Section Competition - Creative Documentaries, Films in VOD & Impact Days
  • Original language(s) French, English & German
  • Subtitle(s) English & French


Juliana Fanjul & Rachel M'Bon


  • Akka Films

Rights holder

  • Akka Films


  • Leandro Monti


  • Thomas Grandjean


  • Vuk Vukanović


  • Claudio Hughes
Production country
World Premiere