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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.

JusticeRacismsSwitzerland


Tuesday 8 March

20:00

Espace Pitoëff - Grande salle

sold out - in case of cancellation, tickets will be put back on sale before the screening

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

Introduction

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

Speakers

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

Women*RacismsSwitzerland


Director(s)
Juliana Fanjul & Rachel M'Bon

Production

  • Akka Films

Rights holder

  • Akka Films

Cinematographer

  • Leandro Monti

Music

  • Thomas Grandjean

Sound

  • Vuk Vukanović

Editor

  • Claudio Hughes
Duration
52'
Year
2022
Production country
Switzerland
Status
World Premiere