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Euzhan Palcy (writer)
Joseph Zobel (novel)
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21 September 1983 (France) See more »
Martinique, in the early 1930s. Young José and his grandmother live in a small village. Nearly everyone works cutting cane and barely earning a living... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Euzhan Palcy 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Euzhan Palcy  writer
Joseph Zobel  novel

Produced by
Michel Loulergue .... delegate producer
Jean-Luc Ormières .... executive producer
Alix Régis .... delegate producer
Original Music by
Groupe Malavoi 
Cinematography by
Dominique Chapuis 
Film Editing by
Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte 
Production Design by
Hoang Thanh At 
Costume Design by
Isabelle Filleul 
Makeup Department
Marie-France Vassel .... makeup artist
Production Management
Christine Renaud .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Runel .... assistant director
Sound Department
Pierre Befve .... sound
Yves Osmu .... sound
François Nadal .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Arthur Cloquet .... first assistant camera
Other crew
Marie-Christine Malbert .... publicist

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Also Known As:
"Rue cases nègres" - France (original title)
"Street of the Black Shacks" - USA (literal English title)
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103 min
Color (Fujicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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9 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Haiku: Rue Cases Nègres, 12 February 2006
Author: NetFlix Haiku ( from United States

Haiku: Thank you Grandmother / For not sugar-coating our / Trip out of shanty FOUR PLUSES & A NEGATIVE: 1) French language film with Black Afro-Centric Themes. 2) Strong performances by actors and non-actors, both young and old . 3) Film is directed by a Black woman, Euzhan Palcy, who would go on to direct "A Dry White Season"... becoming the first Black woman to direct a Hollywood movie (according to IMDb trivia). 4) Uplifting themes about the importance of education, self respect, etc. for the betterment of Blacks in Martinique in the 1930s (that still ring true for Blacks everywhere today!) 5) Runtime of 103 minutes needed more consistent pacing as there were moments that felt a bit slow.

Random Thoughts: I had just dropped out of college (SUNY Buffalo) for the umpteenth time. It was difficult for me being young, Black and gay in Buffalo circa 1985. My biggest struggle was succumbing to my parents desire to see me pursue a major (Accounting) that would lead to employment versus one that I was interested in and passionate about (French and languages). After dropping out, returning home, working a series of meaningless jobs and wondering aimlessly through some local community colleges, I decided to take French lessons at the Alliance Francaise in NYC. Like in France, they "released " movies on Wednesdays and that was the highlight of my French school week.

It was at the Alliance Francaise that I first saw "Rue Cases Nègres" and it was after viewing that film I dedicated myself to becoming fluent in French, living in France, finishing school, living my life, etc. My rating of seven (7) reflects more the impact and importance of this movie for me.

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