Oualid Mouaness, Safaa Fathy, Mathieu Glissant, Fairouz Oudjida
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Oualid Mouaness, Safaa Fathy, Mathieu Glissant, Fairouz Oudjida
26 min
Oualid Mouaness, Safaa Fathy, Mathieu Glissant, Fairouz Oudjida

Resistance fighter, soldier, writer, psychiatrist, key figure in the anti-colonial struggle, Frantz Fanon (1925-1961) was a man of many lives, from Fort-de-France to Washington, via Russia and Algeria where he is buried. Along with millions of other colonial soldiers he joined the Free French forces during the Second World War, by loyalty to France and the idea of freedom it embodied for him. He debated the destiny of those who had been colonised with his contemporaries: Aimé Césaire, Léopold Sédar Senghor and Jean-Paul Sartre. In Blida, Algeria, he revolutionised the practice of psychiatry by showing how the relationships of domination in colonial societies play a role in the development of mental illness. His books "Black Skin, White Mask" and "The Wretched of the Earth" are just as relevant today. Mathieu Glissant have Audrey Maurion devoted a documentary to his life and work: "Frantz Fanon, Trajectoire d'un Révolté" (Frantz Fanon, the Path of a Rebel).

June 1982. Once again Israel invades Lebanon, a country in the midst of a civil war. The film director Oualid Mouaness recounts this page of history as seen by a child in his film "Liban 1982" (Lebanon 1982) that was in the running for an Oscar in 2020. In a school in the suburbs of Beirut, 11 year-old Wissam is determined to declare his love for his classmate. At the same time, his teacher (played by Nadine Labaki) tries to hide her anxiety. The film is released in France on 24 November 2021, after having been presented at the Noisy-le-Sec Franco-Arab Film Festival (France).

After a new version created in 2020 as a series of podcasts, the Rencontres d'Averroès return to the stage at La Criée in Marseille, based on the theme of beliefs and the sacred between Europe and the Mediterranean. Amongst those taking part: the poet, film-maker and essayist Safaa Fathy, who was also programme director at the International College of Philosophy (2010-2016). On 21 November 2021, she takes part in the round table discussions "Believing in Freedom?" Freedom of thought, conscience, conversion or expression, freedom to believe or not... So many subjects seen as controversial, between Europe and the Mediterranean. Is any degree of agreement possible? What is negotiable? Are there limits?

In Canada, Fairouz Oudjida is also known as the Diva of the Desert. The soprano was on stage at the 22nd Arab World Festival of Montreal. An encounter at Mont Royal by Catherine François.

#As seen by Slimane: the Beirut National Museum. #Atmosphere with the guests' cultural favourites.

Guests: Oualid Mouaness, director of "Liban 1982"; Safaa Fathy, poet, film director and essayist; Mathieu Glissant, co-director of "Frantz Fanon, Trajectoire d'un Révolté "; Slimane Zeghidour, TV5MONDE editorialist.

Presented by: Mohamed Kaci.