Hot House/Tri-Continental Series II: Frantz Fanon’s Black Skin/White Masks & Lumumba, The Death of a Prophet

Directed by: various

DOUBLE BILL | DECEMBER 1, 2018 | 7:00 PM

Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Masks
Directed by Issac Julien, 1996, 73 min.
 

Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask explores for the first time on film the pre-eminent theorist of the anti-colonial movements of this century. Fanon's two major literary works, Black Skin, White Masks and The Wretched of the Earth, were pioneering studies of the psychological impact of racism on both colonized and colonizer. Jean-Paul Sartre recognized Fanon as the figure "through whose voice the Third World finds and speaks for itself." This innovative film biography restores Fanon to his rightful place at the center of contemporary discussions around post-colonial identity. (Text provided by California Newsreel)
 
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Lumumba, The Death of a Prophet
Directed by Raoul Peck, 1990, 69 min.
 
Haitian director Raoul Peck remembers his childhood in the Congo, and the revolutionary leader of that nation who was assassinated by the CIA. 
 
Lumumba: la mort du Prophete offers a unique opportunity to reconsider the life and legacy of one of the legendary figures of modern African history. Like Malcolm X, Patrice Lumumba is remembered less for his lasting achievements than as an enduring symbol of the struggle for self-determination. This deeply personal reflection by acclaimed fimmaker Raoul Peck on the events of Lumumba's brief twelve month rise and fall is a moving memorial to a man described as a giant, a prophet, a devil, "a mystic of freedom," and "the Elvis Presley of African politics." (Text provided by California Newsreel)
 
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