Saturday  21 March 2pm-4.30pm

BFI Southbank (near Royal Festival Hall) Belvedere Road SE1

Tube: Waterloo. Tickets ₤5 Phone 0207 928 3232
www.bfi.org.uk/southbank
 

King Leopold II of Belgium in the early 20th century turned the Congo into a vast rubber-harvesting labour camp in which he killed millions and amputated the hands of tens of thousands while claiming he was civilising the African. Although represented in the west as typical "african savagery" the chopping off of hands was promoted by white people as a means of terrorising Africans to collect rubber in order to make Europeans rich. This is why  one of the world’s richest countries is home to such misery today. This award winning documentary sets the context for understanding   the crisis in Kivu, the 5 milllion Congolese deaths in the  last ten years and why Patrice Lumumba was assassinated by Western governments. The Congo was also crucial to the winning of World War 2.  Followed by panel discussion

Above: Map of British Mandate of Palestine 1923 which includes parts of what is now considered Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Saudi Arabia

Friday 13th March 7pm-9.30pm

Unit 9 Eurolink Business Centre, 49 Effra Road SW2

Tube: Brixton.Adm: £5.00 entry.
www.blackstarline.info

A special presentation sampling the work of Ben Bousquet, Tony Tee, Lord Balfour, Edward Said, Golda Meir, John Pilger,Tony Benn, Chaim Weizman, Noam Chomsky, and John Henrik Clarke to examine the background to the recent attacks on Gaza. Unusual and little known facts such as the following will be ilustrated with video evidence in this interactive session..

West Indian Troops in WW1 defeated the Turks in winning Palestine for the British.
Palestinians fought in WW2 for the British.
Uganda and Guyana were considered as homeland nations for European refugees.
Ethiopians were relocated from Africa to Israel
Sudanese government sent aid to Palestinians, while in Darfur there is a lack of aid for Sudanese people.
The British blocked holocaust survivors from landing in Palestine in 1947.



Friday 6th March 7pm-9.30pm

Unit 9 Eurolink Business Centre, 49 Effra Road SW2

Tube: Brixton Adm: £5.00 entry www.blackstarline.info   

Visual biographical details of black women from all over the world who have resisted slavery, colonialism and racism . Women do not get the historical credit they deserve. This event will give the audience video and documentary evidence of the who, what and why of 40 female fighters who used guns, pens or placards. Bring notepad and pen and be on time, this is a small venue, latecomers will end up standing . Women include: Queen Nzinga, May Jemison, Dora Akunyili, Dame Jocelyn Barrow, Una Marson, Edna Ismail, Lieutentant Sanite Belair, Althea Gibson, Mavis Best, Fawzia Hashim, Dr Beryl Gilroy, Leyla Hussein,Edna Ismail, Benadita Da Silva, Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, Dr Patrica Bath, Professor Elizabeth Anionwu and many more. Proceeds toward the Girl Child Concerns School in Kaduna state Nigeria where £200 sends a poor girl to school for one year. For video sample click here http://www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk/3.html  then click African Proverb .

Above: African soldier in German Prisoner of War Camp. He is lucky as many captured black troops were shot on sight then mutilated

Sunday 22 February 1pm-4.30pm

Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road SE1 Tube: Lambeth North.

Free entry: First come,first served
www.iwm.org.uk


What we know today as the Holocaust was researched, rehearsed and refined in Africa with African people long before 1939. Although it is hardly mentioned, German people in their colony of Namibia stole land from African  people and when they fought back built railroads,  labour camps and medical experiment labs in Namibia in order  to work them to death or experiment on their bodies to see how they were able to cope with heat. This happened in 1906 and the German government even apologised in 2004. This underviewed documentary states the case with detailed testimony from Namibian and German people and evidence from German secret files.

The fact is that there were also black people in Germany before, during and after WW2 . Some even joined the army, some were entertainers, thousands were sterilised and a vast number were sent to the gas chambers. Curator, Z Nia Reynolds author of Black Victims of the Nazis will give an illustrated talk about these issues. As there are only two books in existence about this marginalised history you are advised to be on time



Saturday  21 February 2pm-5.00pm

BFI Southbank (near Royal Festival Hall) Belvedere Road SE1

Tube: Waterloo. Tickets ₤5, best to book early Phone 0207 928 3232
www.bfi.org.uk/southbank
 

Previously sold out.

Truce is called on a brutal civil conflict. The two sides agree to a feast. Can they put the past behind them?

Fanta Régina Nacro’s award-winning directorial debut reveals the darkness that falls when war is waged.

Her shocking story was based on the barbarity of the former Yugoslavia and though set in Africa is relevant to Palestine . The film sold out all over Africa and in Israel.