Wed 4 May

In the Footsteps of Frantz Fanon

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Special Screenings

Sur les traces de Frantz Fanon

144 mins

in French with EN subs

FRA/ALG | 2021 | dir. Mehdi Lallaoui | doc

‘As a doctor, he knew human suffering. As a psychiatrist, he observed the impact on the human mind of traumatic events. Above all, as a colonial man he felt and understood what it was to be born and live in a colonial situation.’ Mehdi Lallaoui’s documentary begins with these words by Aimé Césaire. Featuring testimonies of companions of the freedom fighter and theorist Fanon, including his assistant Marie-Jeanne Manuellan, his biographer Alice Cherki, who campaigned alongside him for the revolutionisation of psychiatry in North Africa, and historian Jean Khalfa, this documentary attests to Fanon’s lasting importance in the struggle against colonialism and racism and ‘for a global humanism’.

The screening will be followed by a conversation between Mehdi Lallaoui and Senior Lecturer Jean Khalfa (University of Cambridge) and editor of Fanon’s collected writings, moderated by Gareth Evans (Film Curator, Whitechapel Gallery)

Wed 4 May 6pm

Event organised in collaboration with the Higher Education, Research and Innovation Department of the French Embassy to the UK

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