Special Showing

Paris Noir

Wednesday, October 18 at 7pm

Shown as part of the Williams College Africana Studies course: Black Migrations: African American Performance at Home and Abroad. Film will be followed by a discussion with Julia Browne, founder of Walking the Spirit Tours - The Original Tours of Black Paris. Free and open to the public.


Paris Noir: African Americans in the City of Light

Starring: Langston Hughes, Josephine Baker

Paris Noir: African Americans in the City of Light is the most comprehensive and compelling documentary existing on the remarkable migration of pioneering African Americans to France and the impact both cultures had on each other.

Driven by the brutal segregation and limitations in the United States, Black American poets, writers, intellectuals, artists, musicians, and entertainers able to get to France were thrilled by their first feeling of absolute freedom. That's where our story begins.

Weaving stories and themes from World War I, the Jazz Age of the 1920s up to the German occupation of WWII, this riveting document using rare photographs and stock footage, exciting period music, and stimulating commentary by leading experts.

  • Director: Joanne Burke
  • Runtime: 1 hour
  • Genre: Documentary

Sponsored by Williams College Africana Studies, American Studies, Comparative Literature, The Davis Center, The Lecture Committee and the Center for Learning in Action