Monday, 11 March 2013

Noreen MacDowell and Isaac Julien Screening 28th March, 2013

As a special celebration of the life of Noreen MacDowell whose films on the Grunwick Strike we screened some time ago we're collaborating on a screening at lab this thursday.

Full Unemployment Cinema
Noreen MacDowell and Isaac Julien

Thursday, 28th March, Free, 7pm, 316-318 Bethnal Green Road, E20AG

A special anniversary screening of two films made by Noreen MacDowell with the Newsreel Collective followed by Frantz Fanon, an early film by Isaac Julien. This screening is hosted at and is put on in collaboration with Full Unemployment Cinema and John Barker. 

Full Unemployment Cinema 
A bunch of no good commies and anarchists showing films about work and the struggles against it since November 2007 
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True Romance, 1981 
Made by Noreen MacDowell when she was squatting in Bow and features the youth of the area (including a very young Isaac Julien talking about sex), and then themselves improvising a party in which some of what is said is lived/acted out. 

Divide and Rule Never Again, 1978, 40 min, 16mm, projected DVD 
Divide and Rule Never Again by Noreen MacDowell set in Bow is about race interviewing Bengali youth and some white racists but ends with the triumph of the huge Rock Against racism gig in Victoria Park. 

Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask, 52 mins, 1996 
A film exploring the pre-eminent theorist of the anti-colonial movements of this century. Fanon's two major works, Black Skin, White Masks and The Wretched of the Earth, were pioneering studies of the psychological impact of racism on both colonized and colonizer. Isaac Julien integrates the facts of Fanon's brief but remarkably eventful life with his long and tortuous inner journey. Julien elegantly weaves together interviews with family members and friends, documentary footage, readings from Fanon's work and dramatizations of crucial moments in Fanon's life. Cultural critics Stuart Hall and Françoise Verges position Fanon's work in his own time and draw out its implications for our own.

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