Kerstin Stakemeier and Sarah Lewis-Cappellari about «Meeting the Man: James Baldwin in Paris»

Encounters between art and philosophy

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In this session, author, educator and programmer Kerstin Stakemeier and curator and dramaturg Sarah Lewis-Cappellari will discuss racism, colonialism and exile/expatriation, in the context of the film ‘Meeting the Man: James Baldwin in Paris’, de Terence Dixon.

The 1970 documentary film is an encounter with writer James Baldwin, one of the most prominent figures in 20th-century American literature. Passing through several iconic areas of Paris, where Baldwin lived at the time, the film crew seeks to portray the author leaving aside the political activism that has always been at the basis of his work.

Baldwin is unhappy with the situation and the result is a fascinating and often uncomfortable confrontation between the writer and the filmmakers, in which Baldwin reflects on the ideas of revolution and colonialism. The writer also talks about his condition as a black expatriate in Europe, particularly in France.

Image: Still from the film Meeting the Man: James Baldwin in Paris (1970), by Terence Dixon



18:30 / Welcoming

Ana Botella – Deputy Director CAMJürgen Bock – Executive Director MaumausStefanie Baumann – Researcher IFILNOVA (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)

18:35 / Introduction

Kerstin Stakemeier – author, educator and programmerSarah Lewis-Cappellari – curator and dramaturg

18:45 / Presentation of the film «Meeting the Man: James Baldwin in Paris» (26')

19:15 / Discussion

Kerstin StakemeierSarah Lewis-Cappellari

20:15 / Q&A

20:30 / Closing



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