Frantz Fanon: Black Skin White Mask, Isaac Julien, 1996, digital, colour, sound, 70 min, VOSE.
This film reconstructs a possible portrait of the influential psychologist, philosopher, writer and activist Frantz Fanon (1925–1961), reflecting on Fanon’s personal experience in his native Martinique that laid the foundation for his writing. Reality and fiction meet in a complex web of stylistic approaches and narrative devices, with historical re-enactments interpreted by actor Colin Salmon.

Presentation and roundtable following the screening by Isaac Julien.

"Frantz Fanon: Black Skin White Mask", Isaac Julien, 1996 (still)

Programme

Activity
"Derek", Isaac Julien, 2008. Foto: Kellgren

Derek

Derek, Isaac Julien, 2008, digital, colour, sound, 78 min, VOSE.
This poetic documentary introduces us to the life of the British filmmaker, artist and writer Derek Jarman (1942–1994) through the use of archive footage. It was made in collaboration with Tilda Swinton and focuses on the one-day interview Jarman gave to Colin McCabe during the 1980s.

From Sebastiane (1976) to Blue (1992), Jarman’s films constantly ask questions about time and art as seen from his own context, a time when gay liberation and AIDS came to the fore. Possibly one of the most relevant figures of queer cinema, Jarman died as a result of AIDS in 1994.

Activity
"Young Soul Rebels" (Mo Sesay and Valentine Nonyela), Isaac Julien, 1991

Young Soul Rebels

Young Soul Rebels, Isaac Julien, 1991, 35 mm, colour, sound, 105 min, VOSE.
The year is 1977. Chris and Caz are pirate radio DJs that broadcasts soul and funk. Someone murders their friend TJ, who is gay, and Chris and his girlfriend become suspects. Meanwhile, Caz establishes a relationship with Billibud, a punk who discovers the extent of endemic racism and homophobia. Young Soul Rebels is both a thriller and social drama that reflects the hotbed of subcultures, races and sexual options in London during the pre-Thatcher era.

Activity
Isaac Julien, "Hommage Noir (Looking For Langston Vintage Series)", 1989/2016

Looking for Langston

Introduced by Isaac Julien and Pablo Martínez, MACBA head of Programmes. Roundtable following the screening with the director chaired by Tanya Barson.

Looking for Langston, Isaac Julien, 1989, digital, b/w, 46 min, VOSE.
Described by Isaac Julien as a non-narrative monochrome documentary, it examines the private life of African-American activist, poet, screenwriter and columnist Langston Hughes (1902–1967) and his relationship with other black and gay artists and writers, with whom he organised the Harlem Renaissance movement during the 1920s. It was directed while Julien was part of Sankofa, with critic and curator Mark Nash assisting in the research. In addition to being a precursor to the New Queer Cinema, for the last thirty years this documentary has been a benchmark in African-American studies at American universities and art schools.

macba [at] macba [dot] cat
Tel: 93 481 33 68

Blue protects white from innocence. Blue drags black with it. Blue is darkness made visible.
Derek Jarman