‘Elza’ – Touching Tale On Caribbean’s Complex Racial Prejudices, Family & Forgiveness

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Elza, living in Paris with her mother Bernadette (played by director Montpierre) is celebrating completing her Master’s degree. But the successful young woman (played by the lovely Stana Roumillac), has never come to terms with her sense of identity. Her biological father, whom she barely remembers, is back in her hometown of Guadeloupe tending to another family. He abandoned them when Elza was a young child. An enraged mother threatens Elza not to leave, but the willful free-spirit embarks on her journey. A charming and vivacious Elza basks in Guadeloupe’s beaches and scenery. Hopeful and optimistic, she travels in her motorcycle through the succulent landscapes of the island. I loved the sequential images: a Black woman wearing her natural hair with no helmet (don’t try this at home) riding her motorcycle, exuding subtle sensuality, passionate about life, free and unburdened read more

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