black french actors & filmmakers create collective to diversify french movies

January 6, 2017

It’s been said that 2017 has to be the year of unity if Black people are to survive and thrive in this world and creatives have taken note. French director Matthew Jubely and actress Corinne Wellong have created the collective AFRO FICTION, whose goal is to implement a new vision for Black filmmakers and creatives by employing more authentic, multidimensional storytelling and sustainable business opportunitites for Black creatives. Much like Hollywood, French films have an astounding lack of Black faces and the collective wants to change that by taking creative control over their destinies. The explicit mission of the group is “to promote Afro-descendants talents in front and behind the camera through solidarity, transmission and action.” Matthew, who also serves on the board of directors as president of AFRO FICTION had this to say: “Today in France, Afro-descendants talents suffer from a lack of representation and visibility. Many will wait years before they can carry out their project, others will abandon for lack of support or network. It is not too late to finally write our history, carry out our projects and enable future generations to identify with it. Since its inception, AFRO FICTION boldly campaigning for the French fiction is representative of all its people and rich of all the visions.” As we eagerly await their launch via digital press conference on Tuesday January 10th, get to know more about the project and its mission on their Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook!

By T. McLendon, AFROPUNK Contributor