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Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask

Isaac Julien
1995-96
73 mins Colour 35mm
With Mark Nash

Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask

Interviews, reconstructions and archive footage tell the story of the life and work of the highly influential anti-colonialist writer Franz Fanon, author of 'Black Skin, White Mask' and 'The Wretched of the Earth' and his professional life as a psychiatric doctor in Algeria during its war of independence with France.

'Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask is a seventy-minute drama-documentary film we produced in 1996. The impetus for the film project was to restore to academic and artistic discourses a recognition of both the originality and contradictory nature of this major thinker. It was initially conceived as a reflection on the revival of interest in Fanon's ideas in black visual and performance arts. The black arts movement in Britain and North America had sought a more substantial basis for reflection on the black body and its representations. In development, the film's mandate became broader to include other aspects of Fanon's influence and legacy.'

- Isaac Julien and Mark Nash, 'Frantz Fanon as Film'

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