Screening of two documentaries:
Montgomery, Alabama to Paris, France , a 20 minute documentary made for Riché Richardson’s quilt exhibition at the Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery, Al., Summer 2008
Shot and produced in Paris by Géraldine Chouard and Anne Crémieux
A portrait of Riché
Richardson, Assistant Professor at the University of
Davis in California and a textile artist,
specialized in quilts.
Riché Richardson’s comments are augmented by
an expert of African American quilts, Patricia Ann Turner, who was also interviewed while in Paris. Also a Professor at UC Davis, Patricia Ann Turner knows Riché as a colleague and friend. She has written Crafted Lives:
Stories and Studies of African-American
Quilters (to be published by the University of Mississippi Press in 2009), about a group of influencial African American quilters in the present cultural field, among which Riché Richardson is featured prominently.
The film evokes Riché
Richardson’s artistic technique inspired by photography and the historical themes she explores. The two women talk about Josephine
Baker in relation to the Venus Hottentot, Simone
de Beauvoir and her feminist philosophy, Martin Luther King’s humanitarian message and the politics of the Kennedy brothers, symbolically brought together by their tragic ends,
the Civil Rights Movement,
Rosa Parks’ struggle and the Montgomery bus boycott.
Riché Richardson’s and Pat Turner’s words are richly illustrated by images and music related to the historical and cultural references given throughout the documentary.
The film will travel with a Patchwork exhibit organized by the American Embassy in Paris, to be shown this year in France at Roubaix,
Rennes, Bordeaux, Marseille and Paris in