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French Cinematheque: MARYSE CONDE



Co-presented by the Alliance Française of Greenwich


Post-film Q&A with Maryse Conde

Moderated by Ronnie Scharfman, 
Profesor Emerita of French and Literature, Suny Purchase College

Thursday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Carte Blanche: FREE | Members & AFG: $6 | Students/Seniors: $8 | Nonmembers: $11

Maryse Conde: A Singular Voice

ABOUT THE FILM: This documentary, which premiered in France in December 2011, retraces the life of celebrated author Maryse Condé. Born in Guadeloupe in 1937, she published over a dozen novels exploring the relationships between African peoples and the Diaspora and led a distinguished academic career in France and the U.S. Maryse Condé retired from Columbia as Professor Emerita of French in 2005. The film includes interviews conducted in Paris, New York, French Guiana and the Caribbean as well as archival footage. In French with English subtitles | 52 minutes.

ABOUT MARYSE CONDE: Maryse Condé (born February 11, 1937) is a Guadeloupean, French language author of historical fiction, best known for her novel Segu (1984–1985). Maryse Condé was born as Maryse Boucolon at Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, the youngest of eight children. In 1953, her parents sent her to study at Lycée Fénelon and Sorbonne in Paris, where she majored in English. In 1959, she married Mamadou Condé, a Guinean actor. After graduating, she taught in Guinea, Ghana and Senegal. In 1981, she divorced, but the following year married Richard Philcox, English language translator of most of her novels. She has previously taught at the University of California, Berkeley, UCLA, the Sorbonne, The University of Virginia, and the University of Nanterre.

Venue Information
The Avon Theatre
272 Bedford St
, CT