German Premiere: “Elza”

Hackesche Höfe Kino, Berlin, Germany
28 Jan 2015

German Premiere: “Elza”

AfricAvenir presents the German Premiere: “Elza” with Director Mariette Monpierre and Protagonist Stana Roumillac in Attendance

Elza’s mother Bernadette has tried hard to give her daughter everything. She is thrilled when Elza, the first college graduate in the family, completes her master’s degree. But Elza breaks her mother’s heart by running off to their native Guadeloupe in search of a distant childhood memory: the father she barely remembers. Based on director Mariette Monpierre’s own life experience, this feature debut captures the passion and contradictions of a family in transition while offering a rare insider’s view of Caribbean culture. This riveting 80-minute feature, filmed on location in Paris and the French West Indies, explores the emotional journey of a young Parisian woman who returns to her native island of Guadeloupe in search of the father she has never known.

Following the screening, a public discussion with Director Mariette Monpierre and lead actress Stana Roumillac will take place, as well as a small reception in the cinema foyer.


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With financial support by Senatskanzlei der Stadt Berlin.

Media Partners: Africiné, Adefra, SEV-Magazin, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Club der Freunde von RFI, Berlin Poche,, Exberliner,, Art Labour Archives, Planète Métis, Contemporary &, Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland, Centre for Research and Documentation Chile-Latin America (FDCL)

The Director
Mariette Monpierre began her career at BBDO New York producing commercials for Pepsi Cola, Visa, Campbell’s, Bayer, Pizza Hut, Gillette and FedEx. Her first short film “Rendez-Vous” had a successful run in several major international film festivals. ELZA is Monpierre’s first feature length film and the first narrative film by a female director shot in Guadeloupe.


German Premiere: “Elza”

28.01.2015, 20:00 – 23:00

Hackesche Höfe Kino
Rosenthaler Straße 40/41
10178 Berlin


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