Frantz Fanon: Black Skin White Mask

+ discussion

Isaac Julien and Mark Nash’s celebrated experimental documentary about the Afro-Caribbean psychiatrist and revolutionary.

Image from Frantz Fanon: Black Skin White Mask + discussion

UK 1995
Dir Isaac Julien
English subtitles, Some
Certificate 12A
Event TRT 110min

Frantz Fanon was an Afro-Caribbean psychiatrist, philosopher and revolutionary whose inspiring, groundbreaking writing explored the psychopathology of colonisation. Subverting traditional documentary codes, artist Isaac Julien here unpacks Fanon’s life and ideas by interweaving Algerian locations, archive footage and interviews with family and critical thinkers – including the seminal Stuart Hall. Fanon wrote that racism was the absolute depersonalisation of the individual – something that this film examines through the complexity and barriers of language, and through pointed, unusual framing. A rich, poetic and powerful work, in a new digital restoration.