Frantz Fanon: His Life, His Struggle, His Work and Catch a Fire

Wednesday 30th October

Frantz Fanon: His Life, His Struggle, His Work

Dir Cheikh Djemai, Algeria/France, 2001, 52 mins., in French and Arabic with English subtitles, TBC

Frantz Fanon, was a psychiatrist, originally from Martinique, who became a spokesman for the Algerian revolution against French colonialism. Embittered by his experience with racism in the French Army, he gravitated to radical politics, Sartrean existentialism and the philosophy of Black consciousness known as negritude. The film traces the short and intense life of one of the great thinkers of the Twentieth century.

Catch a Fire

Dir Menelik Shabazz, UK, 1996, 29 mins, English

This award winning documentary/drama tells the story of Jamaican Baptist minister Paul Bogle, leader of the Morant Bay Rebellion 1865. This rebellion had a major impact on attitudes to race and empire in Victorian Britain, still present today. Paul Bogle is immortalised in the lyrics of many reggae artists like Bob Marley, Third World and Burning Spear.

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