America Street
Idrissou Mora Kpai
2019 - 76 min - Vidéo Full HD - Couleur - États-Unis

English summary
On America Street in Charleston’s East Side neighbourhood, Joe is the owner of a small corner store, the heart of an old but slowly disappearing black community. Almost half of all African-Americans trace their origins back to Charleston, a city that is still haunted by its slave owning past.
In the face of the multiple challenges that African Americans face, Joe is determined to stay hopeful and to resist losing his neighbourhood to the rising forces of gentrification.
My film captures three months during 2015 of Joe’s daily struggles set against the backdrop of racist violence in the city, from the killing of Walter Scott by a police officer to the Emanuel Church massacre by a young white supremacist. I was inspired to make the film when I moved to South Carolina in 2013. I am an African immigrant and I was, and still I am, trying to navigate a country that feels, in many ways, increasingly unwelcoming towards black bodies.
Through the character of Joe, my film examines how African Americans feel marginalized in a once predominantly black city like Charleston and how white supremacy is becoming more pervasive and insidious in America.

Auteur-Réalisateur : Idrissou Mora Kpai
Image : Idrissou Mora Kpai
Son : Idrissou Mora Kpai
Montage : Misha Mehrel
Producteur délégué : Idrissou Mora Kpai
Coproducteur : Idrissou Mora Kpai


Distributeur : Idrissou Mora Kpai