On the night of Saturday 24th to Sunday 25th September, the 4th edition of the Brown Sugar Night was held at the cinema Le Grand Rex in Paris for the premiere of The Woman King.
French Deal, partner of the event, was there to celebrate the culture.
On the occasion of this festive night dedicated to cinema, guests discovered two films in premiere. The first film screened was Saloum by Jean-Luc Herbulot, which tells the story of three mercenaries who, tasked with exfiltrating a drug trafficker, are forced to find refuge in the Saloum region of Senegal.
The second film screened later in the evening was the highly anticipated The Woman King directed by Gina Prince-Bythewoo. The film recounts the exploits of the Agojie, a unit of women warriors who protected the Kingdom of Dahomey in the 19th century in West Africa with a cast of actors including Viola Davis and John Boyega.
As an introduction to the second film, guests attended an exceptional talk on the Kingdom of Dahomey by Leonard Wantchekon, professor of political science and economics at Princeton University in the USA and founding director of the Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy in Benin. He is the historical advisor for the production of the film The Woman King.
This conference was co-hosted by Ian Mahinmi, NBA Champion 2011 and Co-Founder of French Deal and Flora Coquerel, Miss France 2014 and President of the association Kelina which works for health in Benin.
The night was marked by various highlights including DJ sets and dance battles from the public.
This unique event brought together the Afro-descendant community present in Paris for a moment of sharing, celebration and culture.