Made in Harlem – The LaFargue Clinic Remixed: Franz Fanon – Black Skin White Mask
St. Clair Bourne, 1987, 60 min.
Film print courtesy of Chamba Media and Film Desk.
Described by director St. Clair Bourne as “a narrative performance documentary,” this category-defiant film chronicles the life of poet, Langston Hughes, as he moves from America to Senegal to Paris — from the 1920s Harlem Renaissance to the Black Pride awakening of the 1960s.
Thursday, February 15th at 7PM
Isaac Julien, 1995, 70 min.
Franz Fanon has been acclaimed for writing “The Wretched of the Earth” (1961) and for his professional life as a psychiatrist in Algeria during its war of independence with France. In Isaac Julien’s FRANZ FANON: BLACK SKIN WHITE MASK, interviews, reconstructions and archive footage tell the story of the life and work of the highly influential anti-colonialist writer, based on his seminal autoethnographic book (1952) of the same title…
“The films in this series look to highlight the cost of white oppression on the Black psyche, shares curator Kazembe Balagun, ” The series started with Richard Wright’s NATIVE SON and follows with Issac Julien’s BLACK SKIN WHITE MASK, which looks at the life of Franz Fanon. We also have a rare 16mm documentary produced by the Communist Party for city council candidate Ben Davis, WHAT’S HAPPENING IN HARLEM which also underscores the connection between racism, police brutality and health care.”
+ Post-screening discussion with Gabriel N. Mendes (author of Under the Strain of Color: Harlem’s Lafargue Clinic and the Promise of an Antiracist Psychiatry, Cornell University Press, 2015); Dr. Anna Ortega Williams (Assistant Professor at Silberman School for Social Work, Hunter College); Desiree Joy Frias, JD, MPH (South Bronx Mutual Aid)