RUBY HEAD HIGH
Ruby Tête haute - Irène Cohen-Janca & Marc Daniau - 24 x 33 cm - 40 pages - August 2017 - € 15
In Louisiana in the 1960s, Whites and Blacks do not mix. Ruby cannot study at school close to home, reserved for Whites - she has to go to another school, far away. But segregation is living its last few hours. When she is 6 years old, Ruby enters the school William Frantz, hitherto reserved for the Whites. The population is highly hostile. Upon arriving in the classroom, Ruby is the only student... This is the beginning of a terrible year that will mark her life.
Ruby Bridges has become a symbol, notably by becoming the subject of Norman Rockwell's famous painting, The Problem We All Live With, where she is seen on the way to school escorted by 4 federal agents.
Obom is an animation filmmaker, illustrator and cartoonist who lives in Montréal. She has directed dozens of films, several of which have been produced by the NFB (National Film Board). Her short films have been screened at numerous international festivals. Her books are published by L'Oie de Cravan and translated by Drawn & Quarterly. Obom also practices the art of performance and installation and she regularly works for the press. Her movies and her illustrations recall urban tales.