Smith College can count many filmmakers among its illustrious alumnae. Mariette Monpierre ’85 has been screening her award-winning film Le bonheur d’Elza around the world.
A French Guadeloupean filmmaker, Mariette was born in Guadeloupe but raised in Paris. Mariette says, “growing up in the belly of Paris, films fascinated me.” She followed that fascination throughout her education, completing master’s degrees at the Sorbonne and Smith and moving to New York to work in television and film as a producer and director.
Le bonheur d’Elza had it’s New York premiere last week at the African Film Festival and will be included at the Africa Movie Academy Awards on Sunday, April 22 in Lagos, Nigeria, where it is nominated for Best Diaspora Feature.
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