Black History Month comes to a close at Phoenix with a double bill of films looking at the lives of Frantz Fanon and Paul Bogle.
Black History Month comes to a close at Phoenix with a double bill of films.
FRANTZ FANON: HIS LIFE, HIS STRUGGLE, HIS WORK
Dir: Cheikh Djemai
Algeria/France 2001, 52 mins, subtitled
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
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.