By Didier Allouch, host of Rendez-vous d'Amérique
My dear francophiles, francovorous and francophageous friends, we all know that this world is divided in two categories of people (well, in fact, it’s absolutely not true, there are thankfully hundreds of categories of people, but for the sake of this argument, please allow me this huge inaccuracy) …
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So, I was saying that the world is divided in two categories of people: the ones who talk and the ones who do. The hero of our next episode of Rendez-Vous D’Amérique does. And yes, Stéphane Kossmann does a lot.

He lives between France and America, loves France as much as he loves America. One man, 2 countries… I know a lot of you know the feeling.

Stéphane is an artist, a highly appreciated photographer, very much respected by his pairs. He’s an expat that never stops trying to understand both his countries through his art.

I know Stéphane well. I know he spends a lot of time photographing America and the Americans. Everywhere… On the streets, in the bars, in the administrations, in their workplace, everywhere… It’s for him, the best way to “get” America…

And one of his latest projects brought him to Selma, Alabama, one of the pillars of the anti-segregation history in this country. A trip that changed everything for him. He went to the depths of America’s problem with racism, by traveling through the history of this place, through the work he was doing there.

So, he decided to do something. And for him, doing something means uniting people. Through a photography festival, 2 beautiful October nights in Selma where people watched, talked about, admired photos in all shape and forms… We’ll tell you all in the show.

I have a great admiration for people who try to help move progress forward. Maybe because my job is mostly to tell their stories, and I met a lot of these people. It’s strange, they all have the same energy, the same determination, the same strength. They don’t have an ounce of doubt in their mind. It’s remarkable to watch.

And we sure do need this people now. America needs these people now, because they unite by example. And some of these examples have a French accent…

To learn more about Stéphane Kossmann, and his work in Selma, Alabama, tune in to Rendez-vous d’Amérique on TV5MONDE USA. Clickherefor more information.

Exploring cultural diversity through photography, films, and beyond, Rendez-vous d'Amérique invites you on a journey to discover Francophone culture in America. Your host on this cultural experience is Didier Allouch - reporter, cinephile, and a familiar face on the red carpet. Click here to learn how you can subscribe to TV5MONDE USA and never miss an episode!