Fiche Film
Cinéma/TV Histoire/société
MOYEN Métrage | 2001
E Minha Cara (That’s My Face)
Thomas Allen Harris
Pays concerné : États-Unis
Réalisateur(s) : Thomas Allen Harris
Avec : Thomas Allen Harris, Don Perry, Don Perry, Vernon Reid
Durée : 56
Genre : historique
Type : documentaire


Afro-américain du Bronx, Thomas se cherche une identité et des racines spirituelles. Une introspection bouleversante et expérimentale qui fait écho aux questionnements propres à toute une génération métissée.

Un film de Thomas Allen Harris

États-Unis, 2001, documentaire, 56mn

Chimpanzee Productions (Usa)

Obsédé par sa quête d’une « terre-mère », une terre où il se sentirait chez lui et à laquelle il appartiendrait, Thomas ne se sent ni américain (restant étranger à ce pays) ni chrétien (comme ses grands-parents). Baigné enfant dans la culture noire des années 70 et dans les mouvements panafricains, il est fasciné par l’Afrique et ses origines. Il décide de partir au Brésil, à Salvador de Bahia, à la recherche de sa négritude et des orisha, divinités africaines. Mais là-bas, les choses se compliquent encore, puisqu' »être noir signifie être pauvre et les Noirs aspirent à une seule chose, être blanc »…


Astoundingly beautiful and epic in scope, That’s My Face (é minha cara) is a personal documentary offering an entire generation of African Americans a groundbreaking perspective on the maddening diasporic search for a mythic motherland. In healing his own cultural yearnings, director Thomas Allen Harris journeys beyond the political movements of his day and into a spiritual realm where he finds much more then he expects.

His grandparents’ African Methodist-Episcopal church taught Thomas as a child that Africa was a place that could only be saved by Christian missionaries. But his rebellious mother was part of the 1970s’ movement that regarded Africa as home « because we knew America didn’t want us » and migrated the family to Tanzania, East Africa. When they arrived in the modern city of Dar-es-Saalam, Africa seemed more like Miami than the motherland they imagined.

Thomas learned to love Africa for what it was, but when he returned to the Bronx, he was unable to express his newfound identity. Even his African Methodist-Episcopalian faith failed to provide him comfort until he learned from an Afro-Brazilian friend that beneath the patina of conventional Christian iconography is a rich double life of African ancestral spirit worship. Like his mother, Thomas embarks on a migration across the ocean, this time to Brazil, in an effort to find a sense of home and belonging.

Directed by Thomas Allen HARRIS
56 minutes, Color, 2001

« A visually gorgeous melding of poetry and politics. »
-Ernest Hardy, LA Weekly

A mythopoetic odyssey exploring identity and spirituality across three generations of an African-American family. USA, East Africa and Brazil.

« Shot entirely on Super-8 film and employing an innovative sound design that uses rap and hip-hop multivoice sampling, That’s My Face is as much an artistic gem as a spiritual gift. »
– Shari Frilot, Programmer, 2002 Sundance Film Festival

« The impressionist beauty of Harris’s Super-8 footage should give pause to anyone continuing to shoot their documentaries on digital video. »
– Anthony Kaufman, The Village Voice

« Mesmerizing documentary… »
– Ronnie Scheib, Variety

To purchase a VHS copy of É Minha Cara/That’s My Face, contact Chimpanzee Productions

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– 2001 Toronto International Film Festival – World Premiere

– International Filmmaker Award -Toronto Reel Black Awards 2002

– Gordon Parks Award Finalist -Independent Feature Project Market 2001

– 2002 Sundance International Film Festival – USA Premiere

– 2002 Berlin International Film Festival – Prize of the Churches of the Ecumenical Jury

– 2002 Tribeca Film Festival – New York Premiere

– 2002 Denver Pan-African Film Festival – Best Documentary

– 2002 San Francisco Black Film Festival – Best Documentary