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Euzhan Palcy (writer)
Joseph Zobel (novel)
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21 September 1983 (France) See more »
dis guy Jose, hes working on a farm and then goes to school Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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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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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
An affirmation, 8 October 2000
Author: Bede from Bendigo

A bright youth, living in grinding poverty in a shanty town among the cane fields of Martinique, has the chance to escape, thanks to a heroic grandmother and teachers who admire and foster his potential. While the audience sympathises with Jose's desire to get out of Black Shack Alley, it is treated to the richness of the Alley's life, to Medouze's sonorous tales of life in Afrique, to the antics of the village children, and to the kindness of its adults. It adds up to an affirmation of life that makes this an enjoyable film. If I have reservations, they are that every issue is dragged in for an airing, however brief and undeveloped (bright girl having to leave school; 'Mulatto' son of French planter unacknowledged; exploitation of workers), and that big events, e.g., deaths, are contrived to occur predictably, and at the 'right' time. Some of the direction, e.g., of the children's scenes, is a bit clunky. These things having been said, this film is a pleasant experience, and one that I recommend.

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