Film Screening & Panel Discussion: "Fanon: Yesterday, Today"

October 16, 2019

Hassane Mezine, Glen Coulthard, Jaleh Mansoor, Sobhi al-Zobaidi, & Samir Gandesha

Wednesday, October 16, 6:00PM–9:00PM, Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU Woodward's, 149 West Hastings Street

Co-sponsored by SFU's Institute for the Humanities and Vancity Office of Community Engagement

Film Synopsis

Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema

Who was Frantz Fanon and what is his legacy today? From yesterday to today, documentary filmmaker, Hassane Mezine, gives voice to men and women who, according to Aimé Césaire, knew and shared with the "flint warrior" privileged moments during both the struggle and in familial and friendly context.

Fanon died in December 1961 but his thoughts continue to live on through numerous revolutionary struggles throughout the world. What Fanonian views do these individuals and groups bear as they engage in the fight against injustice? Mezine answers this by taking the viewer on a journey from Fanon's homeland to the hubs of political and social struggles to, finally, the place where he is buried, documenting various activists and their struggles, thereby showing the historical importance and breath of Fanon's influence.

Director

Hassane Mezine, born in 1972, is a professional photographer with 10 years of experience as an educator in digital photography and multimedia. In 2004 he enriches his technic by participating in the shooting of the movie ” Algerie Tours/détours” by Leila Morouche and Oriane Brun-Moschetti, and in the company of René Vautier the dauntless anti-colonial filmmaker. This experience marks a turn in his work. In 2015, he starts his first documentary Fanon Yesterday, Today. In 2016, he works as director of photography for “ Delou” a tv series in 52 episodes made in Niger in Hausa language by Souleymane Mahamane. In between projects he continues to work on his documentary. In 2018, Hassan has been travelling across France, Europe, north Africa and the French caribbean to present his documentary “ Fanon yesterday, today” in cinemas, community centers and universities.

Panelists

Glen Coulthard is Weledeh Dene and an associate professor in the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program and the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. His book Red Skin, White Masks (University of Minnesota Press, 2014) was awarded the Caribbean Philosophical Association's Frantz Fanon Award for Most Outstanding Book, 2016.  He teaches political theory and Indigenous politics.

Jaleh Mansoor’s current project traces the historical and structural entwinement of aesthetic and real (or concrete) abstraction, the latter understood as the extraction of labor power valorized by transactional exchange on the market, through the concept of Time to offer a comprehensive account of the dissolution of 20th Century aesthetic abstraction, turn to Social Practice art and advent of post-humanism. An associate professor of Art History at UBC, Mansoor’s areas of teaching and research include modernism and the avant-gardes, European art since 1945, Marxism and Frankfurt School Theory, formalism, Marxist feminism, and social reproduction theory.

Sobhi Al-Zobaidi is a restauranteur, novelist, poet, and independent filmmaker currently working on his doctorate at Simon Fraser University. Mr. al-Zobaidi was born in Jerusalem, raised in Jalazon refugee camp (near Ramallah), and educated at Birzeit University in Palestine and New York University in the U.S. His films address the realities and complexities of contemporary Palestinian life: the disruptions and humiliations of everyday existence lived under Israeli occupation, in refugee camps, and in the troubled enclaves of the West Bank and Gaza; and the internal fragmentation and divisions that afflict Palestinian society.

Moderator

Samir Gandesha has been a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California at Berkeley (1995-97) and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Universität Potsdam (2001-2002). He is currently Associate Professor in the Department of the Humanities and the Director of the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University. He specializes in modern European thought and culture, with a particular emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries.

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