Women of African descent converse about what it means to be a woman today and belong to the Afro community. By sharing their experiences and aspirations for the future, they speak up and take control again of their own representation.
SPEAK UP is a political portrait of black women in francophone Europe, revealing the complexity and diversity of their lives and identities. Beyond personal anecdotes lie the political issues that black women have to face. Director Amandine Gay states, “SPEAK UP is my way of celebrating the history of black women resistance, who, since marooning, through creolity, pan-africanism, negritude and afro-feminism have always invented tools enabling them not to be silenced. This film is for those who fought before us and a testimony to those who will come after us.” (2017, Amandine Gay, France, French with English subtitles, 122 min, NR)
“A touching and lucid Afro-feminist documentary, showing how racist clichés are thick skinned” — Les Inrockuptibles
“As radically frank in style as in substance, […] a film of experience and of reflection. It is both a vital film in itself and a virtual kit for the inspiration of other filmmakers; it’s an opening of voices and of paths” — The New Yorker