Film screening 'Jean Genet, un captif amoureux, parcours d’un poète combattant'

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Students, Employees, Alumni, Press
18-02-2018 from 17:00 to 19:30
Minard, Walpoortstraat 2, 9000 Gent
Department of Conflict and Development, Middle East and North Africa Research Group
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A collection of interviews, archival and photographic footage, the film traces Genet’s trajectory with Black Panthers and Palestinians

September 1982, Jean Genet confronts the massacres in the Palestinian camps of Sabra and Chatila in Beirut. Influenced by these events, he writes « Quatre heures à Chatila » after twenty years of literary silence. Soon after that he writes “Un captif amoureux”, an account of souvenirs where he evokes his poetic combats with the Black Panthers and the Palestinian feddayin. A collection of interviews, archival film and photographic footage as well as staged readings the film traces Genet’s poetic and political trajectory since the 70s to his death in 1986.

The film will be followed by a discussion with Director Michèle Collery and Leila Shahid