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Film Across Borders: Brazen, a series of short animated films



La Maison Française
4101 Reservoir Rd NW
Washington DC, US 20007

November 18, 2021 | 7pm


Film Across Borders x Villa Albertine

Brazen, series of 18 animated short films, directed by Mai Nguyen and Charlotte Cambon De La Valette, 45 min, 2020 + panel discussions 

The portraits of 18 women, each revolutionary in their own way.

Brazen is a series adapted from the bestselling comic books Culottées by Pénélope Bagieu (Gallimard 2016), first published online on Le, which has since been translated into 19 languages in 27 countries with over 550 000 copies sold worldwide (France, Australia, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New-Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, USA). The portraits of 18 women, each revolutionary in their way. 18 women who wrote their destinies and changed the world! Lighthouse keeper, astronaut, empress, animal interpreter, crime miniaturist… whoever they were and wherever they came from, those Brazen ladies were out to tear down prejudice and bring energy and hope.

Before the screenings of the Films Across Borders movies at La Maison Française, we will be offering a short film shown in virtual reality between 6:00 and 7:00 pm! Lifeline by Victor Michelot (WIDE VR) tells the familiar story of the moment you fall in love. Our virtual reality equipment takes this narrative to another level, which we are so excited to add to our event. 


VR MOVIE LIFELINE starts at 6:00 pm 

General presentation and moderation by Dr. Isabel Rivero-Vila, Senior Professorial Lecturer in French, Department of World Languages and Cultures, American University

Part 1: Wu Zetian ; Margaret Hamilton ; Leymah Gbowee ; Naziq al-Abid ; Katia Krafft ; Tove Jansson ; Mae Jemison’s short movies (15 minutes) 

First panel discussion with Howard and American University students (15 minutes)

Part 2: Josephine Baker ; Lozen ; Cheryl Bridges ; Annette Kellerman ; Christine Jorgensen’s’s short movies (15 minutes)

Second Panel discussion with Howard and American University students (15 minutes) 

Part 3: Nzinga ; Frances Glessner Lee ; Phulan Devi ; Peggy Guggenheim ; Hedy Lamarr ; Delia Akeley’s short movies (15 minutes)

Third panel discussion with Howard and American University students (15 minutes)




This event is moderated by Dr. Isabel Rivero-Vilá, a Senior Professorial Lecturer at American University. She teaches French and West African cinema. Prof. Rivero-Vilá is also a filmmaker. She has filmed and produced several short documentaries and just recently, a feature film documentary about Senegalese women filmmakers. She regularly works and collaborates in various film projects with African filmmakers in Senegal.


This night we are also joined by some select panelists:


Andreya Davis: Andreya Davis is a proud native of Detroit, MI. She received her BA in English- Literature and Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from Howard University. Andreya is currently an MA student in the Department of African Studies. Her research centers on the barriers that prevent Africana women from ascending and being retained in roles of leadership across the higher education spectrum. Currently, she is the assistant dean for faith-based and community initiatives in the Office of the Dean of the Chapel at Howard. In her free time, she enjoys service-oriented projects, listening to music and critiquing anti-women ideologies.


Sarah Havdala: Sarah is a freshman at American University. She is originally from Jonesboro, Arkansas and is studying International Relations with a focus on foreign policy and national security. She is passionate about history and is especially interested in studying the contributions of Jewish women throughout the world.


Aichatou Nimaga: is a first year Master’s student at Howard University studying African Studies. She is originally from the Bronx, New York with a nationality from West Africa, Mali. She studied International Relations with a minor in Black Studies in undergrad. She is currently a Program Associate at IREX on the Young African Leaders Intitative supporting the Mandela Washington Fellowship. Her career interests include work in the philanthropic/non-profit field while researching how individuals with intersectional identities navigate and exist in society.


Miranda Rivers: is a Ph.D. student in African Studies at Howard University as well as a program specialist at the U.S. Institute of Peace, where she conducts applied research on nonviolent action and its intersections with peacebuilding and democratization. Miranda has a background in journalism and prior experience working with refugee communities and teaching English as a second language.


Linda Silim Moundene: is a Ph. D. student in African Studies at Howard University, and an assistant movie producer at Delphy Production a movie company based in Paris. Her research interest are on education, especially gender-based violence in school. She has numerous experience in cultural project, exhibitions, community organization in Nantes, and also education and cultural project in Cameroon.


Rachel Zelicof: Rachel is a freshman at American University originally from Long Island, New York. She is majoring in Political Science and minoring in French with hopes of becoming a lawyer. Rachel took a Gender and Literacy course her senior year of high school which discussed women’s roles in society and how women are viewed in a patriarchal structure.

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Première chaîne généraliste mondiale en langue française, TV5MONDE est un réseay international de télévision diffusé auprès de 370 millions de foyers dans près de 200 pays et territoires. TV5MONDE édite simultanément, depuis Paris, huit chaînes régionalisées distinctes à destination de l’Europe francophone (France/Belgique/Suisse), l’Europe non francophone, le Maghreb et l’Orient, l’Afrique, l’Asie, les États-Unis, l’Amérique latine et le Pacifique. 


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American University

L’American University est une université privée américaine fondée en 1893 en vertu d’un Acte du Congrès et située à Washington, D. C. 


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WIDE est une société de ventes internationales majeure représentant plus de 15 nouveaux films chaque année et qui possède une librairie de 500 films de fictions et de 300 films documentaires représentés par la société partenaire WIDE HOUSE. Fin 2016, WIDE a lancé WIDE VR, un département dédié à la vente de films narratifs en réalité virtuelle.

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