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Martinique

Aime Cesaire: A Voice for History.

The Vigilant Island. Part 1 of a 3 part series on the Martinique author, Aime Cesaire, introduces Cesaire, his wife Suzanne who founded in 1939 the seminal literary review, Tropiques, a journal which influenced Caribbean intellectuals and spawned the Negritude Literary Movement. After WWII, Cesaire served as mayor of Fort-de-France and Martinique's representative in the French National Assembly during the crucial years of decolonization. He discusses the difficulty of balancing the life of a poet with that of a practical politician for over 50 years. 1994. 54 min.

Aime Cesaire: Un nègre fondamental

A biography of the life and work of the African-Martinican francophone poet, author and politician. He was "one of the founders of the negritude movement in Francophone literature". Special features: Contient des images d'archives et aussi : entretien entre François Fèvre et Pierre Aliker (23 min), programme court Magnum, collection Empreintes. In French without English subtitles. 2007. 52 min.

Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask

A film biography of Frantz Fanon, one of the most influential theorists of the anti-colonial movements of our century. Reveals not only the facts of his life but his long and tortuous inner journey. Includes interviews with family members and friends, documentary footage, readings from Fanon's work and moving dramatizations of crucial moments in his life. Film follows Fanon from his birth in Martinique in 1925, through medical school in France, to his work in Algeria where he joined the turbulent liberation struggle. Director, Isaac Julien ; written by Isaac Julien & Mark Nash c1995.

La Grande Illusion (Portrait of the Caribbean; 4).

The identity crisis faced by Martinique and the French Caribbean is examined - do they belong to the Caribbean or to the economy of Europe? c1992. 45 min. [preservation copy]