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Fri, 12 Jan



Film Screening: “Je Suis Noires” – In Conversation with Rachel M’Bon

Voicing and Visualising Perspectives on Identity, Belonging, Blackness and Being

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Film Screening: “Je Suis Noires” – In Conversation with Rachel M’Bon
Film Screening: “Je Suis Noires” – In Conversation with Rachel M’Bon

Time & Location

12 Jan 2024, 18:30 – 13 Jan 2024, 20:45

London, Eton Ave, Belsize Park, London NW3 3HY, UK

About the Event


In a country of consensus denying its structural racism, seven Swiss women of colour share their most intimate lived experiences and personal reflections on issues of identity, belonging, rights activism, wellbeing, self-care and anti-racist agency.

About the event

Learning Skills BH365 (The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London) and The London Arts and Humanities in collaboration with Decolonial Dialogues are pleased to co-host this inaugural UK screening of the award-winning documentary “Je Suis Noires: Becoming a Black Woman” (AKKA Films, 2022), written and co-directed by Swiss-Congolese journalist Rachel M’Bon in partnership with filmmaker Julianna Fanjul. The screening will also feature a guest presentation by Rachel M’Bon, sharing personal insights about the featured narratives, issues and themes concerning intersectionalities of race, gender, sense of place, anti-racist agency and social justice, in conversation with cultural geographer Dr Carol Ann Dixon.


In Switzerland, a country of neutrality, new, unfamiliar voices are being heard. Voices of women who fight for the recognition of structural racism, deconstruct stereotypes and confess their double identity as Swiss and Black. It is in this context that Rachel M’Bon begins her own search for identity. On her way to liberation, she questions her past, her present and holds up a mirror to her country and her peers. The strength and determination with which Rachel M’Bon confronts her past is the strength of this film, which represents an important step towards opening up a discourse that has been suppressed for too long. Together with filmmaker Juliana Fanjul, the Swiss-Congolese journalist interrogates her country and portrays six protagonists. Each woman tells a story that reflects her own personal path to liberation.

Written and directed by: Rachel M’Bon and Juliana Fanjul

Duration: 52 minutes

Language: French, with English subtitles

Trailers and further information:

  • Becoming a Black Woman – Akka Films:

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Thanks are extended to the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Learning Skills BH365, Decolonial Dialogues, Swiss Film and the Swiss Embassy in London for supporting this event.

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About the speakers and facilitators:

Rachel M’Bon – Journalist and Filmmaker

Rachel M’Bon was born in 1974 in Switzerland, to a father from Congo (Brazzaville) and a German-speaking Swiss mother. Holder of a Federal Certificate of specialist in marketing communications, she completed her training as a journalist in 2009.In 2018, faced with questions related to identity, she created the Instagram account NOIRES with the aim of offering a space of visibility to black and brown women living in Switzerland. Je suis noires is her first film co-directed with filmmaker Juliana Fanjul. Selected by the Geneva FIFDH (International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights) and presented as a world premiere in March 2022, the film quickly aroused the interest of a wide audience. Its success earned it numerous admissions to cinemas in Switzerland. In March 2023, Je suis noires won the Swiss cinema prize. The awareness generated by the theme of the film has propelled Rachel into an awareness-raiser/speaker within schools, universities, NGOs, public and private sector companies in Switzerland and beyond its borders. In order to ensure the sustainability of positive representations of diversity and promote inclusion, she created two associations at the beginning of 2023: NWAR (now we are rising) and the Afropea cultural center (CCA). In September 2023, she was elected among the 100 personalities of the year selected by the Swiss famous newspaper Le Temps. She is currently working on a feature film project.

Dr Carol Ann Dixon – Cultural Geographer and Education Consultant

Carol Ann Dixon is a London-based postdoctoral scholar and education consultant, currently affiliated to Newcastle University as a visiting academic. For her doctorate she examined “The ‘othering’ of Africa and its diasporas in Western museum practices” (University of Sheffield, 2016). Her current research interests focus on African and Caribbean diaspora art histories and heritage, museum geographies, geography-art alignment, politically aesthetic approaches to decolonising the arts and cultural fields, and activist pedagogies in museum studies and practice. She is the co-founder and co-editor of Decolonial Dialogues ( and blogs at

Dr Riadh Ghemmour – Learning Skills Coordinator, RCSSD, University of


Riadh Ghemmour holds a PhD in education from the University of Exeter. He is currently the Learning Skills Coordinator at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at the School of Education, University of Exeter and a consultant for MA Consultancy (ltd) which provides coaching and racial literacy trainings around issues of inclusivity, antiracism and decoloniality. Riadh’s current research interests focus on decoloniality, critical pedagogy, social justice, inclusive teaching and learning, and international students. He is one of the co-founders of Decolonial Dialogues shared space.

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