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Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask

Synopsis
Illustrates racism in the colonial and post-colonial worlds through the life of Frantz Fanon, a black intellectual who as a French citizen enlisted in fighting the Nazi regime, but his roots in Martinique meant that he was feared in post-war France. He resingned in 1956 as a psychiatrist in Algeria on becoming an outspoken critic of French policy there. The film uses a mix of archive and dramatic scenes, with an analysis by those close to Fanon personally and intellectuality. With Colin Salmon portraying Fanon.

DVD/Blue-ray features:
Stills gallery: BETWEEN TWO WORLDS (Mark Nash 1992, 27mins); booklet with essays by Isaac Julien, Mark Nash and cultural theorist Stuart Hall; downloadable PDF of extended essays and archive materials.
Series
Tx, Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. 50 min.
Year of production
1995
Availability
Hire
Sale; 1998 sale: £50.00 (+VAT +p&p) (VHS)
Notes
Broadcast on BBC2 on 16/12/95.
Subjects
Sociology
Keywords
black and Asian people; black communities; cultural influences; Fanon, Frantz

Credits

Director
Isaac Julien
Cast
Colin Salmon 

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0 PAL, Blu-Ray DVD
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
70 minutes
Year
2017

Sponsor

Name

Arts Council

Phone
020 7973 6820
Fax
020 7973 6449
Notes
Contact: Will Bell (7/99), e-mail will.bell@artscouncil.org.uk
Name

BBC Television

Distributor

Name

Arts on Film Archive, University of Westminster

Notes
Arts on Film Archive offers on-line access to a large range of films on art produced in the United Kingdom since the 1950s, and is a unique record of British and international post-war art, as well as of documentary film-making in the UK. In its first phase, the archive offers a complete database and an on-line video streaming of all 450 films made by the film department of Arts Council England between 1953 and 1998 and several films produced till 2003 by the dance Department of ACE. The collection is only available streamed to ac.uk domain addresses.
Name

BFI Distribution

Email
bookings.films@bfi.org.uk
Web
http://www.bfi.org.uk/distribution External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7957 8938/8935
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1P 2LN
Notes
The British Film Institute is a specialist non-theatric rental distributor of international fiction and documentary films on 16mm and 35mm film, as well as VHS and DVD video. The holdings are so vast that only those titles available on DVD and HD Digital are listed in full on the website, so it is worth enquiring about specific titles that might only be available for hire in other formats. The BFI has partnered with on-line platforms such as lovefilm and blinkbox to deliver a selection of films to buy or rent in digital format, and others are streamed free of charge on the BFI’s YouTube channel or as dowloadable clips on the Creative Archive section of the BFI’s own website.

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