Films in ‘Isaac Julien focus’
Paradise OmerosIsaac Julien IFFR 2004
Specially edited single-screen version of the installation. See the description there.
Looking for LangstonIsaac Julien IFFR 2004
Made when Julien was a member of the Sankofa Film and Video Collective, 'Looking for Langston' is introduced as being 'a meditation on Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance'. Fusing poetry - Hughes's own, as well as poems by Essex Hemphill and Bruce Nugent - with an archival exploration of the period in the 1920s when black artists and writers were 'in vogue' with the Harlem taste-makers of the day, 'Looking for Langston' is more a dreamscape in black and white than it is a documentary on the period. With style and lyricism, Julien organises his images to music and poetry and meditates on beauty, particularly the 'forbidden' beauty of black gay culture in a society where black homosexuality was seen as a 'sin against the race [which] had to be kept secret'.
Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White MaskIsaac Julien IFFR 2004
Interviews, reconstructions and archive footage tell the story of Frantz Fanon, a psychiatrist in Algeria during the war of independence and a Third World nationalist. One of Julien's best documentaries.
TerritoriesIsaac Julien IFFR 2004
Made when Julien was part of the British film-making collective Sankofa,'Territories' focuses on the annual event of Carnival, the festival of Caribbean music and dance which takes over the streets of West London each year. As much about media images of Carnival as it is about the event's history, the film explores the media stereotyping and misrepresentation of British black culture that attaches to these images. A deconstructive documentary which pits commentary against image (drawn from a range of documentary and archive sources), 'Territories' refuses any settled, consensual representation of Black experience in its search for 'a his-story, a her-story of cultural forms specific to Black people'.