The ADIFF TC Cine-Club Black Leaders Film Series takes place this weekend, April 25-27, 2014, at Teachers College, Columbia University (525 West 120th Street, Room 263 Macy). Opening night features a free screening of the documentary Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind (Friday, April 25, 2014, at 6:30pm).
Marcus Garvey: Look For Me in the Whirlwind, the first comprehensive documentary to tell the life story of this controversial leader, uses a wealth of material from the Garvey movement-written documents, film and photographs-to reveal what motivated a poor Jamaican to set up an international organization for the African diaspora, what led to his early successes, and why he died lonely and forgotten. Among the most powerful sequences in the film are articulate, fiery interviews with the men and women whose parents joined the Garvey movement more than 90 years ago. Together they reveal how revolutionary Garvey’s ideas were to a new generation of African Americans, West Indians and Africans and how he invested hundreds of thousands of black men and women with a new-found sense of racial pride. (2000, 90min, USA, Stanley Nelson, Dir.)
Other films with Caribbean historical figures (or by Caribbean directors) include:
Catch a Fire, which tells the story of Deacon Paul Bogle, often described as a 19th century Malcom X. 30 years after the end of slavery in Jamaica, the Morant Bay Rebellion of 1865 provoked outrage in Victorian Britain shaping race and land attitudes. The story is constructed using extensive interviews with Paul Bogle’s grandson as well as archive material.
Frantz Fanon: His Life, His Struggle, His Work: This documentary uncovers and interviews scores of former associates of Frantz Fanon, a psychiatrist, philosopher and political leader. He became a spokesman for the Algerian revolution against French colonialism, and as the author of Black Skin, White Masks, Fanon documented the effects of colonialism and racism on the people of colonized countries.
Audre Lorde—The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992, which documents Audre Lorde’s influence on the German political and cultural scene during a decade of profound social change, a decade that brought about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the re-unification of East and West Germany. This chronicles an untold chapter of Lorde’s life: her empowerment of Afro-German women, as she challenged white women to acknowledge the significance of their white privilege and to deal with difference in constructive ways.
Lumumba: Death of a Prophet (by Haitian director Raoul Peck): This film offers a unique opportunity to reconsider the life and legacy of one of the legendary figures of modern African history. Like Malcolm X, Patrice Lumumba is remembered less for his lasting achievements than as an enduring symbol of the struggle for self-determination. This deeply personal reflection by acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck on the events of Lumumba’s brief twelve month rise and fall is a moving memorial to a man described as a giant, a prophet, a devil, “a mystic of freedom,” and “the Elvis Presley of African politics.
Other films include Wangari Maathai: For Our Land; Josephine Baker: Black Diva in a White Man’s World; Captain Thomas Sankara; Amilcar Cabral; and Alex Haley.
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