La Naissance du Mouvement de la "Négritude"

"La Naissance du Mouvement de la "Négritude"" has been shared to the blog from the French reading practice section of the learning library where you can find a large selection of interactive texts to help you with your reading skills.

The concept of Négritude was an anti-colonial cultural and political movement founded by a group of African and Caribbean students in Paris in the 1930s who sought to reclaim the value of blackness and African culture.
In this excerpt of 2013’s TV movie Le Prix de la Liberté retracing the life of Aimé Césaire, we witness a fictionalised writing session between the 3 “Pères de la Négritude”: Martinican Aimé Césaire, Senegalese Léopold Sédar Senghor and Guianan Léon-Gontran Damas.
Discover a fundamental moment of French Black History in this video, followed by our own bilingual transcript.

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Aurélie Drouard

Aurélie is our resident French Expert. She has created most of the wonderful content you see on the site and is usually the person answering your tricky help questions. She comes from a small village near Chartres in Central France, country of cereal fields and not much else. She left (in a hurry) to study English at the world-famous Sorbonne in Paris, before leaving France in 2007 to experience the “London lifestyle” - and never looked back! She's worked as a professional French teacher, translator and linguist in the UK since.  She loves to share her love of languages and is a self-professed cinema and literature geek!