Film: Frantz Fanon

 

Cheikh Djemai’s 2001 documentary, Frantz Fanon: Sa vie, son combat, son travail [Frantz Fanon: His Life, His Struggle, His Work] (Martinique/France/Algeria/Tunisia), will screen at the New York African Diaspora Film Festival. The screening will take place at the Cowin Center on Monday, December 7 at 6:00pm. The Cowin Center is located at the Teacher’s College (Columbia University) at 525 West 120th Street in Manhattan.

Here is a description of the film:

Frantz Fanon was a psychiatrist, originally from Martinique, who had become a spokesman for the Algerian revolution against French colonialism. Embittered by his experience with racism in the French Army, he gravitated to radical politics, Sartre and existentialism and the philosophy of Black consciousness known as negritude. His 1952 book, Black Skin, White Masks, offers a penetrating analysis of racism and of the ways in which it is internalized by its victims. While secretly aiding the rebels of the Algerian anti-colonial war as a doctor in Algeria, Fanon cared for victims and perpetrators alike, producing case notes that shed invaluable light on the psychic traumas of colonial war. Expelled from Algeria in 1956, Fanon moved to Tunis, where he wrote for El Moudjahid, the rebel newspaper, founded Africa’s first psychiatric clinic, and wrote several influential books on decolonization. Frantz Fanon: His Life, His Struggle, His Work traces the short and intense life of one of the great thinkers of the 20th century. 

For full schedule, see http://www.nyadff.org/films.html

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