A filmmaker whose work finds its roots in questions of place and space, Alice Diop was born in 1979 to Senegalese parents and grew up in Aulnay-sous-Bois, in the “cité des 3000” housing project on the periphery of Paris. Since her first film, La Tour du monde, in 2005, she has been mapping the Parisian suburbs through intimately detailed portraits of their residents and the spaces they inhabit. Her latest documentary feature film, Nous, was awarded both the Golden Bear for Best Documentary and the Best Film Award in the Encounters section at the 2021 Berlinale.
As part of her artistic residency this year at the Ateliers Médicis, in the Parisian suburb of Clichy-Montfermeil, Alice Diop developed a project with the ambition of creating an ideal film library of the world’s urban periphery, accompanied by a programming team from partner institutions including the Ateliers Médicis, the Centre Pompidou, Cinémas 93, and the Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers. This project will seek to interrogate and to amplify the voices of a constellation of works who share the same highly political lineage.
How does cinema represent the faces and places of the French urban periphery? How could a film or filmmaker be defined as shaped by the “outer city”? How and why have these films been systematically rendered invisible or forgotten?
In order to encourage a conversation of these themes on this side of the Atlantic, Albertine Cinémathèque has invited Alice Diop to choose 3 films from her ‘Cinémathèque idéale des Banlieux du Monde’ to complete the Film Selection.