Black Skin, White Masks Film

Isaac Julien and Mark Nash | UK 1996 | 1h10m | Documentary | 15


Newly restored for the 20th anniversary of the film’s release, Black Skin, White Masks is a gem from black British filmmaker Isaac Julien and still feels as relevant and necessary today as it did twenty years ago. Based on Frantz Fanon’s 1952 book, the film is a deconstruction of Fanon’s hugely influential work of the same name. Originally made for the BBC, Black Skin, White Masks utilises re-enactments and talking head style interviews, and weaves the eponymous book with Fanon’s life to provide a contextualisation of postcolonial theory and the historical impact of Fanon’s work.

Plus short

Finding Fanon Part 1

Larry Achiampong and David Blandy | UK 2015 | 15m

Two artists negotiate Fanon’s ideas, examining the politics of race, racism and the postcolonial, and how these societal issues affect their relationship.

This screening will be followed by a post-screening discussion on the impact of both Fanon’s book and Julien’s film on contemporary postcolonial discourse.

This event is kindly sponsored by the Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies.


Past Showings

Glasgow / Sun 28 Oct 2018 / 5.30pm
Free and ticketed / Glasgow University - Andrew Stewart Cinema / Book Now