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True Chronicles of the Blida Joinville Psychiatric Hospital in the Last Century

Friday, Jun 21, 2024 at 6:30 pm

Location: Redstone Theater

With filmmakers Abdenour Zahzah and François Pain in person 

True Chronicles of the Blida Joinville Psychiatric Hospital in the Last Century, When Dr Frantz Fanon Was Head of the Fifth Ward between 1953 and 1956  Dir. Abdenour Zahzah. 2024, 90 mins. With Alexandre Desane, Gérard Dubouche, Nicolas Dromard, Omar Boulakirba, Amal Kateb. Set in 1953 at a psychiatric clinic in Blida, Algeria, and shot on location, the film follows Frantz Fanon (Alexandre Desane), a young black psychiatrist, as he is appointed head doctor. A student of Francesc Tosquelles, Fanon challenges the racist, colonial psychiatry of the clinic with methods that break down established barriers between doctors and patients, and even Christians and Muslims. An illuminating portrait of the critical early work of a renowned politician and decolonization activist. Preview screening 

Preceded by  

Félix’s Couch (“Le divan de Félix”) 

Dir. François Pain. 1985, 17 mins. A private conversation between psychiatrists Félix Guattari and Danielle Sivadon captures a glimpse of the grand adventure of institutional psychotherapy in postwar France. 


Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / free for MoMI members at the Senior/Student level and above. There is a $1.50 transaction fee per ticket for all online purchases. The cost of admission may be applied toward a same-day purchase of a membership. 

Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission.