The Library of Africa and The African Diaspora has teamed up with U.K.-based Decolonising the Archive (DTA) to bring this very special and insightful film to Ghanaian shores + Director Q&A w/ Arlen Harris alongside a Groundings reasoning over palm wine.
JOIN US ON 29 APRIL, 2023 AT 5 PM AT LOATAD IN ADENTA-FRAFRAHA, ACCRA, FOR AN EVENING OF FILM, RICH CONVERSATION, AND ENGAGING COMPANY
The film delves into the murder of renowned scholar, writer, and activist Walter Rodney and the Cold War conspiracies, Black Power, the end of Empire politics surrounding his death, and how they connect to modern-day policing, surveillance practices, and social movements. This documentary is the first of its kind where Walter’s widow, Patricia Rodney, reveals the personal impact of Walter’s assassination on their family.
We are honoured to have Professor Patricia Rodney (Walter Rodney Foundation) and Arlen Harris, the co-director of the film, as special guests at the event. The documentary features contributions from prominent historians, activists, and scholars such as Angela Davis, Gina Miller, and former President of Guyana, Donald Ramotar, among others.
This film was directed by the father and son team, Daniyal Harris-Vajda and Arlen Harris. Arlen Harris is an award-winning program maker with credits from BBC and many international film houses, with over 30 years of experience in print, TV, and radio. We will be joined by him in a director Q&A
PALM WINE GROUNDINGS AND REASONING
We honoured to have;
Kwesi Pratt Jnr is a prominent Ghanaian journalist and political activist. He is the managing editor of the Insight Newspaper, a weekly publication that covers current affairs and social issues. He is also the founder and owner of Pan African Television, a channel that promotes African culture and history. He is known for his outspoken views and criticism of government policies, especially on corruption and human rights. He was one of the leaders of the Kume Preko protests in 1995, which was against the high cost of living in the country and the imposition of a value-added tax introduced by the Rawlings administration. He is a member of the Convention People’s Party, the party founded by Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president.
Anakwa Dwamena is a freelance journalist, researcher, and editor focusing on the African diaspora. Inspired by African traditional religion, his work centers on the discovery, analysis, and preservation of African indigenous knowledge systems, narratives, and ancient ways of seeing and understanding the world through culture and memory. His most recent work was featured in The New Yorker
Namata Serumaga-Musisi is a Pan-Africanist with roots in Uganda. An architecture graduate, her work is intended to facilitate the movement towards decoloniality, focusing on the People of Africa and the Global South, and how we can facilitate the reclamation of African identity as defined by inhabited space and its making. Architecture led Namata to Socialism. She serves as Commander of Creative Arts & Communications with the Ghana-based Nkrumahist movement, the Economic Fighters League.
Connie Bell is the co-founder of Decolonising the Archive, a cultural producer and memory worker based in the United Kingdom. Her work presently centers around bridging the gap between African heritage communities with archives and collections in national institutions. Her most recent project was based on reviving the literary archive of Caribbean playwright/ political activist Una Marson and addressed the African cultural retentions of Pocomania that were purposely submerged to support colonial rule within the Caribbean.
The film premiered at the British Film Institute’s largest screen to a sell-out audience of 450. It is a must-watch for those who seek to understand the legacy of empire and colonialism and its impact on the modern world.
Special Thanks to The Walter Rodney Foundation & The Ameena Gafoor Institute.
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the inspiring life of Walter Rodney and his global influence on social movements, from BLM to Pan-Africanism and reparations.
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