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Affirmative Action



2019, - 26:44

DIRECTED BY:
Sonia Challal

SCREENPLAY:
Sonia Challal

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Jean-Baptiste Villechaize

EDITING:
Jules Coudignac

MUSIC:
Olivier Militon

SOUND:
Benoit Déchaut

PRODUCER:
Sonia Challal

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Paris, 2042. A French black family is summoned to a government office; on premises, they’re urged to subscribe to an anti-discrimination program called “Affirmative Action”, which they have already categorically rejected in the past. Existing tensions flare-up as it is revealed that a family member has secretly volunteered to the program.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

A daughter of working-class immigrants, Sonia Challal grew up in France and graduated from La Sorbonne School of Law. She passed the Paris bar exam, setting the stage for an apparent career as a lawyer. A fluent English and Spanish speaker, she moved to Santiago (Chile) to work in the largest law firm in South America. A year later, she quit her day job to fully commit to her first love: acting.She returned to Paris to study her craft with acting coach Jack Waltzer and at Blanche Salant & Paul Weaver's Studio. Over the course of a couple of years, she appeared in a handful of parts in television and films, but also started to write. She wrote, produced and directed her first picture: Affirmative Action; the film was selected in the official competition of the festival Off-Courts de Trouville in France.Last year, she directed a second short film documentary: “24/7”: Paris - the 18th Arrondissement: from Marcadet-Poissonnier to Barbès, spans one the poorest neighborhoods in the city. Historically an immigrant district, known for being a foreigner's quarter populated by "arabs et des blacks". A melting pot, a vibe, a peculiar day-to-day, for better or worse. This film an ode to the district in which I grew up, and where every instant is eventful; it is a tribute to its wild energy, and its beauty. These past years, a transformation has begun to take shape: the neighborhood is gentrifying; steadily, a pattern emerges: the affluent move-in while the youth is left in the lurch.She is currently working on the screenplay of a feature film.

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