Euzhan Palcy (France)

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Euzhan Palcy is a director, screenwriter, and producer.  A graduate of the Sorbonne, she holds a masters degree in theatre and literature, a diploma of art and archaeology and photographic direction from the photography of the School of Cinema Louis Lumière. Her first production La Messagère was the broadcast when she was only 17 years old while Rue Cases-Nègres, won several awards such as the César for best first film, the Lion d’Argent and Prix d’Interprétation Féminine at the Venice Film Festival. In 1989, she realized Une Saison Blanche et Sèche, an anti-apartheid film, with Marlon Brando which later won the Orson Welles Prize.

After Siméon (1992), she produced the trilogy Une Parole pour le XXIe siècle (1994). In 1999, she finished Ruby Bridges presented by President Clinton on ABC, and thenThe Killing Yard (2001). Returning to France in 2005 with Parcours de Dissidents recalling often ignored story of young West-Indians during the French Resistance. In 2009, she obtains the national recognition for these courageous patriots. She continued on to produce Césaire/Senghor l’Ami Fondamental (2008) on of the last meeting between Césaire and Senghor;  in 2011 she created the film that played during  National Homage to Aime Césaire at the Pantheon.

In 2007, the screenwriter won third place in the survey BBC/BFI survey The 100 Black Screen Icons off the Last 100 Years. Euzhan Palcy is an honorary citizen of New York, Atlanta, and New Orleans. In May 2011, the Festival of Cannes and MoMA paid homage to her. Most recently, as a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honour and Officer in the National Order of Merit, on August 20, 2011, Palcy won the first Aliker Price dedicated to the following of Aime Césaire.  

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