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Frantz Fanon: Black Skin White Mask

World premiere of the new digitally-remastered 2K version of Isaac Julien and Mark Nash’s celebrated experimental documentary about the Afro-Caribbean psychiatrist and revolutionary.

Credits

Dir Isaac Julien
Prod Mark Nash
Scr Isaac Julien, Mark Nash
With Colin Salmon, Stuart Hall
UK-Tunisia-Martinique
1996
70min
UK Distribution BFI Distribution

Frantz Fanon was an Afro-Caribbean psychiatrist, philosopher and revolutionary whose inspiring, ground-breaking writing of the 1950s and 1960s explored the psychopathology of colonisation. Subverting traditional documentary codes, artist Isaac Julien and Mark Nash here depict and unpack Fanon’s life and ideas through a rich, compact interweave of lustrous Algerian locations, archival footage and interviews with family members and critical thinkers, including the much-missed Stuart Hall. Fanon wrote that racism was the absolute depersonalisation of the individual and the film examines the extension of this dynamic through the complexity and problematics of language; whilst pointed, unusual framing emphasises the chains of gazing and desire that exists in the Oedipal relationship that Fanon identified between master and slave. A rich, poetic, powerful work, this newly restored version, which makes its world premiere at the LFF, looks both punchy and resplendent.

William Fowler

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Isaac Julien, Director; Colin Salmon, Cast

See the full list of visiting festival guests. Please note that we can't guarantee guest attendance at any particular screening.

Additional information

The film was digitally remastered in 2K through the BFI’s Unlocking Film heritage programme.

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