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The Walter Rodney Story plus Q & A 

Sat 18 February 7-9pm

Venue: Near Walthamstow Tube. Ring for details

Tube: Walthamstow 

Tkts: £6.00   

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or                07939 540 826         or                020 8509 7598        . Contribution £6.00

    

  Interviews with, Horace Campbell, Ph.D., professor of African-American Studies and Political Science at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York; Rupert Roopnaraine, Ph.D., principal of the Critchlow Labor College, Georgetown, Guyana; Clive Thomas, Ph.D., professor of Political Science, University of Alaska Southeast; Issa Shivji, Ph.D., professor of Law, University of Dar-es-Salam, Tanzania;  the late professor Haroub Othman, Ph.D., University of Dar-es-Salam, Tanzania; and the late Vice-Chancellor Emeritus Rex Nettleford, Ph.D., professor of Cultural Studies, University of the West Indies, at Mona, Jamaica. Also included among the list of those interviewed were poets, U.S. poet and playwright Amiri Baraka and Working Peoples Alliance (WPA) member Eusi Kwayana, writers, and activists including, Karen DeSouza and Andaiye, members of the WPA, the political party in Guyana to which Rodney belonged. Manning Marable Malcolm X biographer ,Asha Rodney (daughter) and Donald Rodney (brother

A Nub, Rod Westmaas and www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk production.

See trailer here http://www.youtube.com/blackhistorywalks#p/u/6/yF5PHRPe2Kc

W.A.R Stories: Walter Anthony Rodney takes a straightforward, chronological approach to Rodney's life in Guyana, Jamaica, Tanzania and England, footage of various physical locations interspersed with interviews of persons who knew and worked with him, as well as his daughter Asha. Michael O. West said that Rodney was under surveillance almost all his adult life and there are also interviews with researchers Horace Campbell and Robert Hill, among others.

Substantial treatment is given to Rodney's political activities in Guyana in the final few years of his life in which he formed the Working People's Alliance. Included in those years was his 1979 trial for arson,  after two government buildings were razed.

Rodney was killed on June 13, 1980, when a bomb disguised as a walkie talkie, given to him by Sergeant Gregory Smith of the Guyana Defence Force, exploded in a car in which he was being driven by his brother Donald Rodney.

It is said "there is so much ignorance in the country. You ask young people about Walter Rodney and they don't know". This is a chance to find out

MumiaAbuJamal

Mumia Abu Jamal All Day event

Sat 4th February 11am to 1pm then 2-5pm

BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road SE1

Tube: Waterloo

www.bfi.org.uk

Admission £5.00 best to book early

 

A day of films and discussion about Mumia Abu-Jamal, civil rights campaigner currently serving a life sentence in the US
 
Join part or the whole day  - the main film will take place in the afternoon.
 
 
Morning:11am-1pm
 
 
Welcome / brief intro duction giving background for JUSTICE DENIED documentary,  hitherto unseen film featuring last video appearance of Mumia (on Death Row) .
 
JUSTICE DENIED screening.
 
Panel discussion featuring Avery Gordon ( Professor of Sociologist UCLA ) , Chair Colin Prescod (Institue of Race Relations ) to respond to questions raised by the film and its wider context in US and UK
 

   
Afternoon 2pm :
 
 
 
IN PRISON MY WHOLE LIFE

I was born in London on December 9th 1981. Over 3000 miles away Mumia Abu-Jamal, a Black Panther and radical journalist, was arrested for the murder of a police officer in Philadelphia. He claimed he was innocent but was sentenced to death and has been awaiting execution ever since. Over the years, he has attracted massive international support from organisations like Amnesty International and world leaders like Nelson Mandela amongst others. I'm now 24 years old and in that time Mumia has become the most famous and controversial death row inmate in America".

Despite his situation, and against all odds, Mumia has managed to penetrate the consciousness of people like Will. Through his writings and his web and radio broadcasts from Death Row, he has become known to many as "the Voice of the Voiceless".

"In Prison My Whole Life" takes us to some surprising places and brings us into contact with some of America?s most original minds. Never-seen-before footage and brand new evidence create a prevailing case for reasonable doubt while exploring the socio-political climate of America  past and present. Angela Davis, Mos Def, Noam Chomsky, Alice Walker, Snoop Dogg, Steve Earle, Amy Goodman and many others take us through a decades-old struggle for equality, fairness and respect that so many Americans strive for to this day

 

 
Followed by panel discussion with   Avery Gordon,   Colin Prescod , Director Marc Evans, Producer Livia Firth   
 

 
Focus of the discussion will be
To consider the events subsequent to Mumia coming off Death Row,
The wider history of the Civil Rights movement and its  relation to prison system,
UK prison system 
 
Tickets for the morning session are £3.00 and £5.00 for the afternoon session
 
BOX OFFICE 0207 928 3232 

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The Witches of Gambaga 

Sat 21st January 2-5pm

BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road SE1

Tube: Waterloo

www.bfi.org.uk

Admission £5.00 best to book early


The Witches of Gambaga  (55 min) is the extraordinary story of a community of women condemned to live as witches in Northern Ghana. Made over the course of 5 years, this disturbing expose is the product of a collaboration between members of the 100 strong community of ‘witches’ and women’s movement activists determined to end abusive practises and improve women’s lives in Africa. Painful experience and insight come together to create an intimate portrait of the lives of women ostracised by their communities. Told largely by the women themselves, their incredible stories and struggles are conveyed to a wide range of audiences by the director’s narration. The film was completed in July 2010 by Fadoa Films Ghana and UK. It was directed by Yaba Badoe, and co-produced by Yaba Badoe and Amina Mamatwo African women.

for website and trailer 

http://www.witchesofgambaga.com/about/

plus 

Delwende

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In the feminist fable “Delwende” (90 min) the African filmmaker S. Pierre Yameogo tackles social injustice in present-day Burkina Faso with grace, economy and exquisitely controlled anger. The instrument of his fury is Pougbila (Claire Ilboudo), a 16-year-old village beauty who elicits jealousy from the local girls and appreciative glances from their boyfriends. But the village elders are preoccupied with the decreasing rainfall and rising number of child deaths; led by Pougbila’s father (Célestin Zongo), they accuse her mother (Blandine Yameogo, the filmmaker’s cousin) of witchcraft and banish her to fend for herself. From here “Delwende” gathers momentum and emotional force as Pougbila, incensed, sets off to find her mother and expose her father’s shameful secrets. Cutting between the women’s journeys — one fearful and hopeless, the other purposeful and noble — Mr. Yameogo contrasts the shackles of tradition with the stirrings of rebellion, never allowing the heat of indignation to cloud his eye for a striking landscape or an expressive face. Jeannette Catsoulis

 

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