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BFI African Odysseys present Sugar Cane Alley

BFI African Odysseys present Sugar Cane Alley

La Rue Cases-Nègres
Director: Euzhan Palcy  Runtime: 104min  English subtitles Cert: PG

France-Martinique 1984

Euzhan Palcy’s ”Sugar Cane Alley” first feature, ”Sugar Cane Alley” opens with picture-postcard views of Martinique in the 1930’s, an adaption from the novel by

Central to the story is 11-year-old Jose, played by Garry Cadenat, a handsome, brown-skinned little boy who seems to have a secret life to match that of Jose’s. Jose is a small boy who, you can believe as you watch the movie, will one day grow up to be a writer like Joseph Zobel, who wrote the novel, ”La Rue Cases Negres,” on which Miss Palcy based her screenplay. There is some question as to wherever the novel is autobiographical but ”Sugar Cane Alley,”  is a believable adaptation for which “Palcy received widespread critical acclaim.  Her exploration of life in Martinique under French colonial rule, with its profound critiques of colonialism filtered through a classic coming-of-age story”.

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The screening of Sugar Cane Alley on Saturday 10 June features as part of African Odysseys and will have a panel discussion. Book tickets here:

Print courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, New York via BFI.