La Rue Cases-Nègres (1983)

An acclaimed coming-of-age story set in Martinique under French colonial rule.

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  • Street of the Black Shacks Alternative
  • Sugar Cane Alley Alternative
  • Black Shack Alley Alternative


Euzhan Palcy received widespread critical acclaim for her exploration of life in Martinique under French colonial rule. Its profound critiques of colonialism are filtered through a classic coming-of-age story.

The bright young Jose must reconcile the opportunities of an elite education with his shanty-town roots and the values he inherited from M’Man Tine, his tenacious, pipe-smoking grandmother who is the centre of his world.

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