The Foreigner's Home

  • 57'
  • USA
  • 2018
In 2006, Nobel-Prize-winning African American author Toni Morrison curated the exhibition The Foreigner's Home in the Louvre. Ten years later, this collection of art – ranging from the classical painting The Raft of the Medusa by Théodore Géricault and choreography by William Forsythe to performances by local slam poets – has lost none of its relevance.
This documentary brings Morrison’s work and vision together as expressed in the exhibition. Archive footage related to the exhibition, Morrison’s speech, performances and interviews with artists are intercut with excerpts from a more recent interview, conducted by writer Edwidge Danticat with Morrison at her home, on historical images, photos and music illustrating her ideas concerning slavery, 'race', identity and what it means to be a 'foreigner'. But above all on the power of art to re-present the human and give us a sense of home. Along the way, simply drawn animations show how Medusa’s raft looks these days.
Directors
Rian Brown, Geoff Pingree
Premiere
World premiere
Countries of production
USA, France
Production Year
2018
Festival Edition
IFFR 2018
Length
57'
Medium
DCP
Languages
English, French
Producers
Rian Brown, Geoff Pingree, Ford Morrison, Jonathan Demme
Production Companies
Ice Lens Pictures, Ford Morrison Studios, Clinica Estetico
Sales
Rian Brown
Screenplay
Geoff Pingree, Based on writings by Toni Morrison
Cinematography
Ford Morrison, Drew Dickler, Jacob Hochendoner, Kervin Marseille, Rian Brown, Geoff Pingree
Editor
Rian Brown, Geoff Pingree, Yari Wolinsky
Sound Design
Peter V. Swendsen
Music
Jay Ashby, Peter Swendsen
Website
http://theforeignershome.com/