Le Franc & La petite vendeuse de soleil
WHAT: Le Franc & La petite vendeuse de soleil
WHEN: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 – 7pm-9pm
WHERE: La Maison Française – 4101 Reservoir Rd, NW - Washington, D.C. - 20007
PRICE: Free admission – registration required
ADD. INFOS: Every attendee must be registered under his/her name. Valid ID required. No parking inside the embassy.
In French with English subtitles
As part of the film series African Legacy: Francophone Films 1955 to 2019, the National Gallery of Art and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy present a screening of the film Le Franc & La petite vendeuse de soleil.
Both Le Franc and La petite vendeuse de soleil are modest stories of present-day urban Africans, part of Djibril Diop Mambéty’s series, Histoires de petites gens.
In Le Franc, down-on-his-luck musician Marigo buys a lottery ticket and glues it to his door, eager to show his annoying landlady that he might one day have some rent money. When he gets lucky and wins, Marigo has to detach his door and carry it miles across Dakarto claim the prize. As Mambéty’s final unfinished work (completed after his death by a group of friends, relatives, and collaborators with no funding), La petite vendeuse de soleil portrays the only young girl who dares to sell newspapers on the street, struggling to overcome hurdles in pursuit of a better life.