The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Amadou Diallo, Marielle Franco, Adama Traore and many more tell us that the issues of anti-Blackness, racism, and racial discrimination are not limited to the USA.
ArtMattan Films offers you a modest selection of films that speak to the Black Experience in the world. Check out our VOD selection below.
FRANTZ FANON: HIS LIFE, HIS STRUGGLE, AND HIS WORK
Frantz Fanon: His Life, His Struggle, His Work from ArtMattan Productions on Vimeo.
Frantz Fanon, was a psychiatrist, originally from Martinique, who became a spokesperson for the Algerian revolution against French colonialism. Embittered by his experience with racism in the French Army, he gravitated to radical politics, Sartrean existentialism and the philosophy of black consciousness known as negritude.
STAND DOWN SOLDIER
Life of women after military service is seldom portrayed in films. The drama STAND DOWN SOLDIER tells the story of Sergeant Stacy Armstrong who returns home from three deployments suffering with Paustromatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This fiction film explores some of the issues many returning soldiers confront in their civil life including mental health issues, loneliness, and drug addiction.
THE FIRST RASTA
Forty years after Bob Marley's death, it is time to pay tribute to Leonard Percival Howell, The First Rasta. At the beginning of the last century, the young Leonard Percival Howell (1893- 1981) left Jamaica, became a sailor and traveled the world. On his way, he chanced upon all the ideas that stirred his time. From Bolshevism to New Thought, from Gandhi to Anarchism, from Garveyism to psychoanalysis, he sought to find his promised land. With this cocktail of ideas Leonard "Going" Howell returned to Jamaica and founded Pinnacle, the first Rasta community.
CONGO: WHITE KING, RED RUBBER, BLACK DEATH
This true, astonishing story of what King Leopold II did in the Congo was forgotten for over 50 years. “ Congo:White King, Red Rubber, Black Death” describes how King Leopold II of Belgium turned Congo into its private colony between 1885 and 1908. Under his control, Congo became a gulag labor camp of shocking brutality.
Captain Thomas Sankara was the leader of the Burkinabe Revolution. In the former Upper Volta known today as Burkina Faso, he led a group of men decided to launch a revolution that would enable the country "to accept the responsibility of its reality and its destiny with human dignity". Thomas Sankara belongs to the group of African leaders who wanted to give the continent in general and their countries in particular a new socio-political dimension.
BARROW: FREEDOM FIGHTER
Narrated by former United States Attorney General Eric Holder whose father is from Barbados, the Errol Barrow docudrama, BARROW: FREEDOM FIGHTER tells the story of The Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow who successfully led Barbados to independence on November 30th, 1966 after more than 300 years as a British colony.
Maluala takes us into a palenque, a settlement of escaped slaves hidden somewhere in Cuba's eastern mountains, where discord is sown between black "kings" by clever subversives working for the Spanish government.
THE BIG BANANA
Banned in Cameroon,The Big Banana illustrates the poor working conditions in banana plantations and exposes the adverse impact on the people of a corporatocracy government that affords super profits for corporations at the expense of the local population.