Fanon Yesterday, Today

By on September 29, 2019

Frantz Fanon is one of the most important intellectuals of the 20th century, a foreground figure in postcolonial theory. His psychologically insightful and mercilessly colonial-critical books, such as “Black Skin, White, Masks” and “The Damned of the Earth,” and not least his acting power and his participation in Algeria’s freedom struggle, still inspire generations of academics and activists.

Photographer Hassane Mezine has for several years traveled across three continents to put together what is in many ways the most profound film biography ever made about Fanon. With deep searches in the archives and interviews with many of the people who worked near him, we can follow Fanon’s life, from the school years at Martinique through France, South Africa and Algeria and to his premature death.

But the movie is just as much about the seeds he sowed and continues to be so around the world. What does Fanon mean today, and how does his successor look at what has happened to the world during the half-century he has no longer been with us?

The film is followed by a talk:
Fanon: A Legacy of Decoloniality and Emnacipation with scientists Rahel Weldeab Sebhatu, Amin Parsa and director Hassane Mezine.

Fanon Yesterday, Today Saturday 5th October at Bio Rio.

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