Archive | October, 2016

Short series of Screenings/Events to mark the 50th anniversary of 1966 Dakar Festival

  As part of Black History Month, Professor David Murphy (University of Stirling) will be organising a short series of events/screenings, over the next few weeks, marking the 50th anniversary of the First World Festival of Negro Arts, held in Dakar in 1966. On 14 October, ‘Dakar 66: Fifty Years on’, at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, will feature 2 documentary films on the festival, accompanied by a panel discussion featuring David Murphy (Stirling), Ruth Bush (Bristol) and Alan Rice (UCLAN): On 28 October, a symposium, ‘Havana-Dakar 1966: Capitals of an artistic and political revolution’, will be held at the University of Edinburgh. It will feature screenings of two documentary films on the 1966 festival: Finally, on 30 October, the Africa in Motion Film Festival will screen documentaries on the ‘Zaïre 74’ Festival (held in conjunction with the famous ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ fight between Ali and Foreman) and the 1966 festival:

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“The Battle of Algiers” at 50: From 1960s Radicalism to the Classrooms of West Point

By Madeleine Dobie (Professor of French at Columbia University) Originally published on The Los Angeles Review of Books website at! THIS MONTH The Battle of Algiers turns 50. But Gillo Pontecorvo’s acclaimed movie about the Algerian people’s fight for liberation from French colonialism shows little sign of aging. Often described as a “classic” that has “stood the test of time,” the film has been acknowledged as an influence on everyone from the Black Panthers and the Red Army Faction to the military juntas of the Southern Cone. It may, however, have had the greatest impact in the United States, where it has appealed both to scholars of colonial and postcolonial history, such as myself, and to members of the military and defense community. A screening of the film at the Pentagon in August 2003 unleashed a small media storm, as journalists reacted with skepticism and scorn: was the Bush administration at such a loss in Iraq that it needed to draw lessons from a 40-year-old Italian movie? “It seems far too late for Mr. Bush to begin studying about counterinsurgency now that Iraq has cratered into civil war,” opined Maureen Dowd. “Can’t someone get the president a copy of Gone […]

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