“Sometimes [people] don’t even know that French people can actually be black.”
In another episode of filmmaker Cecil Emeke’s video series “Strolling”—in which she interviews black people living in different metropolitan cities throughout the world—Emeke strolls through Paris talking with Gaëlle and Christelle about what it’s like to be black women in France.
Many well-known feminists in France and the U.S. receive criticism for what’s known as “white feminism” and excluding women of color in their movement towards equality.
In this episode of “Strolling” Gaëlle and Christelle describe what it’s like to grow up in France without seeing any black female role models in the media, and how despite there being many female black influencers visible in the U.S. and the U.K., there is an invisibility of black people in French media today.
“When I read a French book, I can’t even fully identify myself,” says Christelle. “It can be painful especially when you’re a little girl, they only talk about a girl with blond hair, how she doesn’t deal with any of the things you deal with when you’re a little black girl in France.”
Watch the video to hear Gaëlle and Christelle talk about black french culture, “bande de filles”, afrofuturism, fatou, sisterhood & more: