Bronx Barbès

Director: Eliane De Latour
Country: Ivory Coast and France
Year: 2002
Running Time: 110 min.
Language: French and Nushi

Toussaint and Nixon are teenage pals who can’t find jobs. After accidentally committing murder, they join the Bronx, a gang that rules the ghetto of Barbes. Violence, partying, and blood brotherhood challenge the boys’ friendship and their desire to “become someone tomorrow.”

About the Director

Eliane de Latour

elianeBiography: Eliane de Latour, research director at the CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research), anthropologist and film director began making documentary films after completing her thesis, alternating shoots in France and Africa whilst continuing to write. She then turned to fiction, tackling various illegal worlds–prisons, ghetto, clandestine existence–also writing a novel, Malik Ambar. Through cinema, photography, scientific or literary writing hers is an insider’s look at the closed worlds of those who are forced behind a physical or social barrier. Whether dealing with the elderly community of Cévennes, harems in Nigeria, the prison institution, ghettos in the Ivory Coast, underground migrants, young football players, black slaves in India in the 17th century, minors in prison in Morocco or young prostitutes displaced by war in the Ivory coast, her research subjects are centred around social reclusion and its corollary: major or minor achievements of freedom.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Bronx-Barbès (2001);
Beyond the Ocean [Après l’océan] (2010).

Les Temps du pouvoir à Samna (1983);
Le Reflet de la vie (19897);
Tidjane ou les Voies d’Allah (1989);
Contes et décomptes de la cour (1993);
Si bleu, si calme (1996);
Bronx-Barbès (2000);
Beyond the Ocean [Après l’océan] (2008);
Petits nettoyages (2014);
Little Go Girls (2015).