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Sarah Maldoror (1929–2020) was a revolutionary filmmaker of the African diaspora, born in southwestern France to parents of Guadeloupean and French descent. The artist co-founded Les Griots, France’s first Black theater troupe, in 1956. In the early 1960s she went to Moscow to study film, where Ousmane Sembène was one of her contemporaries. Maldoror moved to Algeria with activist writer Mário Pinto de Andrade and worked as assistant director on revolutionary films including Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers (1966). Maldoror’s first film was set in Angola featuring mostly activists in Angola’s fight for independence from Portugal. Maldoror made 42 films combining anti-colonialist politics with her love of music and poetry.

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