Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask

15 / 01 /2000
Screening / Discussion

Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask
Part 1 of History and Identity Constructions

New Approaches in Documentary Cinema
series concept / organizer Ute Meta Bauer(D)

Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask, (1996) BBC, 70 min.
Author / Director: Isaac Julien, co-Author / Producer: Mark Nash
with: Colin Salmon, Homi K. Bhabha, Stuart Hall, Françoise Verge and others ....

Isaac Julien, Mark Nash, Ute Meta Bauer

opening title, Black Skin, White Mask

see also "Frantz Fanon - Kritische Genealogien" , Isaac Julien and Mark Nash (German transl.)


haus.0 opens its 2000 program with the first Stuttgart presentation of films by the filmmaker, artist and author Isaac Julien.

Julien, who lives and works today in London, explores the different aspects of identity, geographic origin and desire in different media, such as film, installation and cultural theory.

In 1981 he became a member of Black Gay Group and in 1984 he founded the Sankofa Film and Video Collective, one of Great Britain's first Black Film and Video Workshops. His work has had a noticable influence on the discourse of post-colonial, queer theory and criticism. His filmic work on Frantz Fanon was the cause for a conference at the New York University in cooperation with the Ford Foundation in 1997, exploring an interdisciplinary approach to research on post-colonial history and theory.

Following the Künstlerhaus screening will be a discussion with director and author Isaac Julien and co-author and producer Mark Nash, moderated by Ute Meta Bauer.

Mark Nash, Isaac Julien, Ute Meta Bauer, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, 15 / 01 / 2000.

The discussion will give a view on the drama/documentary in relation both to identity politics and establishing structures which support independent media productions that open a window for marginalized histories within media dominated by the "mainstream" productions.

Julien's acclaimed poetic documentary Looking for Langston (UK, 1989, 47 min., b/w), a lyric exploration of black and white homosexual identity will be screened on January 14, at the Stuttgarter Filmwinter, followed by a shortfilm: The Attendant (UK, 1992/93, 8 min., b/w).

As a scholar Isaac Julien has taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz, New York University as well as the University of Oxford. Currently he is a visiting lecturer at Harvard University's School of ďAfro-American and Visual and Environmental Studies'.

Other films by Julien include Who Killed Colin Roach (1983) as well as the Cannes prize-winning Young Soul Rebels (1991). For the American Public - TV channel PBS he directed the documentary The Darker Side of Black in 1994 and in 1996 he was, as a Senior Producer, responsible for the fourpart TV-series The Question of Equality.

Mark Nash, a one time editor of screen magazine in London, has worked in independent film and video as director and producer most recently co-writing and producing Frantz Fanon: Black Skin White Mask. He also teaches film theory and history at the Univeristy of East London.

The presentation of the film and the following discussion with Isaac Julien and Mark Nash is the first event within a seminar series haus.0 commissioned to Ute Meta Bauer, curator and Head of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Vienna.