- Wrote, acted in, and directed the French film La Messagere at age 17.
- Moved to Paris from Martinique in 1977 to study at the Sorbonne.
- Directed her first feature film, Sugar Cane Alley, in 1983.
- Was the first black woman to have her work produced by a major Hollywood studio, A Dry White Season (1989).
- Awarded the Legion of Honour in France in 2004.
- Was appointed an Officer of the National Order of Merit in France in 2011.
- 1983, Venice Film Festival — Best Direction: Winner
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- Leon Palcy — Father
- Romauld Palcy — Mother
- Paris-Sorbonne University, Paris, France (MA in French Literature); Louis Lumiere College, Noisy-le-Grand, France (DEA in Art and Archeology)
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