The International Festival of Films on Art - 38th edition from March 17 to 29, 2020

Like Dolls, I'll Rise

France | 2018 | 29 min
English | Subtitles in French
Editing: Anne Souriau
Cinematographer: Cécile Bodénès, Emmanuel Gras
Sound: Mathieu Langlet, Claire-Anne Largeron, Olivier Laurent
Concept: Nicole Sealey
Director: Nora Philippe


Quebec Premiere

Between 1840 and 1940, anonymous women in the United States made large numbers of beautiful children’s dolls out of black fabric. Few of these dolls have survived. The film focuses on the dolls in Debbie Neff’s private collection. The 200 handmade black dolls weave together a poetic and political film that gives voice, from one century to the next, to the struggles of African American women. The narration in the film was pieced together from texts by black women, authors and activists from this period and beyond.


Nora Philippe

Filmography | Pôle emploi ne quittez pas (2014) ; Les Ensortilèges de James Ensor (2011) ; Samtavro (2011) ; Dans l'atelier de Pierre Antoniucci (2011)

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