Our Image Film and Arts screening: ELZA


Filmed on location in Paris and the French West Indies, ELZA explores the emotional journey of a young Parisian woman who returns to her native island of Guadeloupe in search of the father she has never known.

Elza's mother Bernadette has tried hard to give her daughter everything. She is thrilled when Elza, the first college graduate in the family, completes her master's degree. But Elza breaks her mother's heart by running off to their native Guadeloupe in search of the father she barely remembers. Questions of skin color and ethnic appearance within Black culture are dramatically raised as the story of Elza, her father and his family unfolds with dazzling cinematography on the lush tropical island of Guadeloupe.

Based on director Mariette Monpierre's own life experience, this feature debut captures the passion and contradictions of a family in transition while offering a rare insider's view of Caribbean culture.

The screening is also part of the French Cultures Festival, a celebration of French culture by bringing together those who feel connected or inspired by one of the world's richest and most influential cultures.



14 Pews
800 Aurora St.
Houston, TX


$10 general admission; $8 students.
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