A Film by Manthia Diawara
In 2009, Manthia Diawara, with his camera, followed Édouard Glissant on the Queen Mary II in a cross-Atlantic journey from South Hampton (UK) to Brooklyn (New York). This poetic meditation continued in Martinique, the native home of Édouard Glissant.
The extraordinary voyages of Édouard Glissant and Manthia Diawara resulted in the production of an intellectual biography in which Glissant elaborates on his theory of Relation and the concept of ‘Tout-monde’.
Édouard Glissant was one of the most important contemporary thinkers. In the 1980s, his theories of creolisation, diversity and otherness, as elaborated in the book Le Discours Antillais (1981), were considered as seminal texts for the emerging studies of multiculturalism, identity politics, minority literature and Black Atlanticism.
In the 1990s and 2000, he developed a theory he called ‘Poetique de la relation’, and ‘Tout-monde’, where the concept of ‘Relation’ is perceived as an autonomous entity, moving between objects and providing them with energy, poesis and difference. In his book Philosophie de la relation, Glissant used the concept to meditate on the new meanings of globalisation, chaos, violence, equality and justice.
Édouard Glissant: One World in Relation (2010, USA, 50 min.)
- Director: Manthia Diawara
- Production: Lydie Diakhaté, K’a Yéléma Productions
- Editing: Laurence Attali
- Camera: Karim Akadiri Soumaila
- Sound: Didier Brudell, Karim Akadiri Soumaila
- With Édouard Glissant
Manthia Diawara is a distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and Film at the New York University and a prolific writer and filmmaker.
His essays on art, cinema and politics have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, LA Times, Libération, Mediapart and Artforum. He is the author of two acclaimed memoirs: In Search of Africa (Harvard University Press, 2000) and We Won’t Budge: An African in the World (Basic Books, 2008).
Diawara’s most recent films include: Angela Davis: A World of Greater Freedom (2023), AI: African Intelligence (2022), An Opera of the World (2017), Édouard Glissant: One World in Relation (2010).
Meeting point: Gropius Bau, Cinema (Lower ground floor)
Price info: Free admission