Colloquium | Rizvana Bradley

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:00pm

Rizvana Bradley

On the Cinematic Thought-Image

Goran Olsson’s 2014 documentary film, Concerning Violence: Nine Chapters of the Anti-Imperialistic Defense, activates Frantz Fanon’s anticolonial discourse beyond the immediacy of The Wretched of the Earth. The film offers three gendered ‘thought images’ that serve as alternatives to Fanon’s discourse on gender, the veiled Algerian women we find in a Dying Colonialism, la femme de couleur, or Mayotte Capecia. Lauryn Hill’s recitation of the text, The Wretched of the Earth, the documentary footage of the women of the Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo), and the emergence of a black Venus figure, not only force gender back into the project of decolonization; they demand that we read Fanon against the grain of his own thought, and against the grain of the legacy of those who both defended and rejected him.

Rizvana Bradley's bio here.


This event is made possibe thanks to the generous sponsorship of Penn Africana Studies and Cinema & Media Studies.

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