The Malian filmmaker and thinker Manthia Diawara’s film Édouard Glissant: One World in Relation (2009) follows the Martiniquan philosopher, writer and poet Édouard Glissant on a boat trip across the Atlantic. Glissant (1928-2011) is one of the most influential figures in Caribbean literature. Faustin Linyekula considers him a great source of inspiration. Rapper Abd Al Malik uses his texts in his performance Le jeune noir à l’epée, which can also be seen in the festival. The film is about Glissant’s life’s work. Afterwards there will be a conversation with Manthia Diawara.
The Welcome Table is an unfinished play by the American writer James Baldwin, a prominent anti-racism activist in his country. The play consists of two characters (based on the dancer Josephine
Baker and the American professor and critic Henry Louis Gates Jr.) at a set table. Incomplete freedom they discuss the condition of the Afro-American community. During the Holland Festival a contemporary version of The Welcome Table will be staged at various venues for a variety of conversations about festival artists’ work and themes. The topics covered will include literary and ideological movements like Négritude and the Harlem Renaissance, the films Échangeur and Touki Bouki, Martiniquan philosopher Édouard Glissant’s work and life, and of course James Baldwin.