Fighting Back Against Police Murder Outrage and
Resistance in Chicago & Minneapolis
Carl Dix, Representative of the Revolutionary Communist Party, co-founder of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, will talk about outrage and resistance in the movement against police murder:
Chicago. 400 days after the execution killing of Laquan McDonald, and a day before the city was forced to release dash-cam video of the murder, the killer cop was charged with first degree murder. When the video was released, hundreds poured into the streets, blocking streets and highways, and demanding that the cop be convicted and sent to jail.
Minneapolis. Following the cold-blooded murder of Jamar Clark, face down and hand-cuffed when the cops shot and killed him, people in Minneapolis have been fighting non-stop for justice. Thousands have marched, blocked the highway, and occupied the lobby of the police station. Dozens have been arrested, and the occupation encampment was recently attacked by white supremacists, who shot five protesters.
Ousmane Sembéne has been called the Father of African Cinema. "Sembéne!" tells the story of the self-taught novelist and filmmaker who fought a life-long battle to give African stories to Africans.
Born in Senegal, he was part of a post-colonial artistic movement that rejected the dominance of the colonizers' culture and insisted on telling their own stories in their own language. A fearless spokesperson for the marginalized, he wrote books and made films in the indigenous languages of the country.
The documentary opens in Los Angeles this weekend. We'll talk with two very special guests about the film, and the life and work of Sembéne.
Samba Gadjigo, co-director of "Sembéne!', is the world's foremost expert on Sembéne's life and work, and author of Sembéne's official biography. He is professor of African Studies and French at Mt. Holyoke College.
Ngugi wa Thiong'o is a Kenyan writer and intellectual. He is one of the most prolific and beloved writers in the world today. His work includes novels, play, memoirs, and numerous theoretical works, in English and Gikuyu, focused on the cultural and political necessity for oppressed people to develop their own literary movement in opposition to the dominance of imperialist culture and thinking in the nations dominated by imperialism. Ngugi has dedicated his life and his work to opposing imperialism and all of the oppression it brings down on the people of the world.
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