Amandine Gay is a Saint-Denis-based filmmaker, afrofeminist activist, and scholar.
Following her graduation from the Institute of Political Studies in Lyon with a master’s in communication, Amandine joined the Conservatory of Dramatic Art in Paris 16 and began performing in theatre, film and television. Since 2012, Amandine has been working as a screenwriter, making her directorial debut in 2014 with her documentary, Speak Up, a feature-length documentary on European, Black, Francophone Women.
As a writer, she is a contributor to the information website, Slate.fr. In 2015, Amandine authored the preface of the first French translation of Bell Hooks’ seminal, Ain’t I A Woman.
In 2017 Amandine completed her second master’s degree in sociology, focusing on transracial adoption; that same year, she managed the theatrical release of her documentary, Speak Up, in 4 countries (France, Switzerland, Belgium and Canada).
Amandine is regularly called as a speaker on afrofeminism, intersectionality, and transracial adoption at universities (UQAM, UOttawa, University of Lausanne, Université Lumière Lyon 2, ERG Brussels, EHESS Paris, etc.) or events such as the Spur Festival. She is also a writer in several collective works: Black Anthology: Adult Adoptees Claim Their Space; Éloge des mauvaises herbes: ce que nous devons à la ZAD or Décolonisons les Arts!
You can follow her in French and English as @OrpheoNegra