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24 November 2015

Rip Off Charities and so called Aid    

       

 


           

   Incredible 10 film Raoul Peck Season 

African Odysseys BFI Southbank 3 to 5 December.

How Haiti was forced into poverty

African Science Fiction/Fantasy season 2016



           
Above: Trailer for Fatal Assistance, brand new but under-promoted documentary on how so called aid agencies in Haiti make rich white people richer at the expense of the poor Black people they are supposed to be helping. The 'generous' French are responsible for stealing billions of dollars from Haiti.
  
    
Stolen Images, our season title (chosen by Peck), refers to the long-standing debate about African representations in cinema. Peck's films Lumumba and Sometimes in April are penetrating dramas set against momentous recent historical events ,( the award winning Lumumbais about the American and Belgian theft of the Congo and subsequent 30 year resource rape.) Sometime in April about Rwandan genocide starring Idris Elba. 
The suppressed film Fatal Assistance about how international charties ripped off Haiti after the earthqauke. Click for full programme and special offers

From the émigré's determination to confront his torturer in Brooklyn, NY in Haitian Corner, to the child's-eye-view of the horrors of Papa Doc's Haiti in Man by the Shore, to the dark secrets and sexual intrigue of a wealthy couple as they struggle for survival amid Haiti's ruins in Murder in Pacot this ability to portray epic encounters while knitting the personal with the political has made Peck the acclaimed director he is today.

The season is co-curated by the BFI's David Somerset, Colin Prescod, Chair of the Institute of Race Relations and Maggi Hurt, BFI Advance Programme Co-ordinator. Our partner, the Institut francais du Royaume-Uni, will also host screenings of Lumumba, la mort d'un prophète followed by a Q&A with Raoul Peck (6 Dec), Corps Plongés (9 Dec) and Murder in Pacot (13 Dec) at Ciné Lumière.

Haitian Corner
Thursday 03 December 2015 18:15
Born in Haiti, Raoul Peck's astonishing feature debut tells the story of a troubled yet passionate émigré Haitian living in Brooklyn, who struggles to break free from the trauma of eight years of torture and imprisonment and rekindle an old romance. When the man who tortured him arrives in New York also seeking refuge, a confrontation beckon. Click for full programme and special offers

Fatal Assistance + discussion with Raoul Peck and Cecil Gutzmore. Friday 4 December 2015 18.10 
Peck's investigation into the 'disaster aid' industry takes us on a two-year journey through the colossally challenging rebuilding of post-earthquake Haiti. Famous faces in the resulting 'circus' include film stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and President Obama's special appointment, Bill Clinton. This radical and revelatory documentary boldly presents the argument for an immediate stop to current aid policies and practice 
Allegorical political drama about what happens in Haiti after an election

Moloch Tropical
Friday 04 December 2015 20:50

Raoul Peck: A Pan-African Filmmaker
Saturday 05 December 2015 11:30

Raoul Peck in Conversation
Saturday 05 December 2015 13:00

We're very pleased to welcome Raoul Peck for a discussion about the politics within the broad spectrum of his films with host Colin Prescod, filmmaker and chair of the Institute of Race Relations and former director of African and Caribbean Unit, BBC Birmingham. The discussion will be richly illustrated with extracts from Peck's documentaries, film essays, arthouse films, and epic dramas.
Award winning director Raoul Peck will be taking questions at BFI Southbank. Check out the special offers as you can watch three films for the price of two etc

Murder in Pacot
Saturday 05 December 2015 15:10
A middle-class couple struggling to rebuild their lives amid the devastation of the 2010 Haitian earthquake rent part of their mansion to a white foreign aid worker and his vivaciously seductive local girlfriend. Widely acclaimed on the festival circuit, this beautifully acted, darkly engrossing drama - co-scripted by Pascal Bonitzer - is a creative revisiting of Pasolini's Theorem and companion piece to Peck's documentary Fatal Assistance

Man by the Shore
Monday 07 December 2015 20:40
Papa Doc's brutal rule is seen through the eyes of eight-year-old Sarah. Beautifully performed and realised, the film expresses Sarah's innocence but also captures the ordeal of life under tyranny, as she and her sisters are hidden by their fearless grandmother. The first Haitian film to be screened in the US, it brought Peck deserved international recognition and was the first Caribbean film to be selected for the Cannes Film Festival. Click for full programme and special offers
Idris Elba stars in powerful film about Rwanda genocide and the factors behind it 
Sometimes in April
Friday 11 December 2015 17:50
Sometimes in April is considered by many to be the definitive drama about the genocide in Rwanda. Idris Elba stars as the Hutu caught between both sides as he tries to protect his Tutsi wife and their children. It's a thrilling, sensitively observed drama and a highly articulate commentary on historical colonialism and the failure of the international community to prevent bloodshed.
Incredible film based on true story of the democratically elected leader of Congo Patrice Lumumba who planned to invest Africa's wealth in African people. For this  ambition he was targeted for destabilisation and assassination by Belgium, Britain and the USA

Lumumba
Saturday 05 December 2015 18:20
Profit & Nothing But! Or Impolite Thoughts on the Class Struggle + discussion
Monday 07 December 2015 18:30
BFI Reuben Library

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Amazing film with fantastic reviews which has sold out all over London
 
Black Panthers Vanguard of the Revolution 
Sunday 13 December 6.00pm  
(2 mins walk from East Finchley tube , Northern Line)
 
After monster demand, full houses all over London and numerous requests we repeat this incredible award winning documentary.THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION is the first feature length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it. 


           
How Haiti was forced into poverty by Europeans
  Pt 1 of 6

 
The  notion taught in European institutions is that benevolent white men abolished slavery because it was a scar on their conscience. The facts  are  that enslaved  Africans  fought back at every opportunity and the Haitian revolt of 1791-1804 led directly to the 'abolition' of the British slave trade in 1807. The Jamaican uprising led by Sam Sharpe in 1832 scared the British into passing  the law to 'abolish' slavery itself in 1833.
Alleged abolitionist Wilberforce apart from suggesting that black men be used as breeding animals, actually voted to send 60,000 British troops to force the Africans in Haiti back into slavery. In the 21st century the IMF and World Bank present themselves as benevolent agencies while the evidence shows their policies actually make people poorer and increase the wealth of the US and Europe. See below for  details as to how Haiti was forced into poverty by the very nations who are now complaining that Haiti is  impoverished.

On August 22, 1791, the Haitian war of independence began under the leadership of an African religious leader named Boukman; over one hundred thousand enslaved Africans rose up against the French army. The great hero of the Haitian Revolution and a man considered one of the great revolutionaries and generals throughout the world, was François Dominique Toussaint L'Ouverture.
 
When the war of independence broke out in August 1791, Toussaint was a fifty year old carriage driver. He rose to become a general when he realized that the revolution could only be successful if the enslaved Africans became militarily and politically organized to resist the external forces. His first move was to train a small armed group. He then realized that the Africans, who now occupied the eastern two-thirds of Haiti (what is now the Dominican Republic), were caught between three contending European forces, all of whom wanted Haiti for themselves. The French, of course, wanted Haiti back. The Spanish and English saw the revolution as an opportunity for seizing Haiti for themselves. Toussaint's great genius was to achieve what he wanted for his people by playing each of these powers off against each other.
 
Toussaint was a brilliant and charismatic statesman and leader. His reign came to an end with the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte in France. Napoleon sent General Victor Leclerc with over twenty thousand soldiers to eliminate Toussaint, who then waged guerilla warfare against the them. Eventually he made peace with the French and retired from public life In 1803. The French tricked him into a meeting where he was arrested and sent to France where he was starved and tortured to death in prison.

With the death of Toussaint, the revolution was carried on by Jean-Jacques Dessalines. Dessalines was extremely angry over his treatment as a slave and was determined not to allow white people to carry on with their racist exploitation. Leclerc was desperate, as his men were dying of yellow fever and the guerilla attacks took a surprising toll. So he decided to simply execute blacks whenever and wherever he found them. Dessalines responded that every atrocity committed by the French would be revisited on the French.
 
As the fighting wore on, Dessalines ordered the summary execution of all Europeans that opposed the new revolutionary government. 
Finally, on 1st January 1804 Dessalines declared Haiti to be an independent republic. He took the French three-coloured flag and removed the white from it to produce the bi- coloured flag of Haiti, the first independent Black nation in the Caribbean. Africans had defeated the best French, Spanish and British armies (60,000 troops with the blessings of Wilberforce) and sent shockwaves through the white supremacists in the Caribbean, Europe and America. The slave-masters in the immediate region were terrified that the same thing would happen to them. The British, with their nearby colonies of enslaved Africans, were extremely nervous in 1804.
 
Immediate After Effects of the revolution.
  1. African people all over the world are inspired to fight harder and longer than they are already doing.
  2. Haiti supplies fighting revolutionaries to other Caribbean islands.Haitians use captured European ships to liberate Africans from passing slave ships
  3. The fear of having too many Africans fresh from Africa contributes to the British abolition of the slave trade in 1807.
  4. Slave breeding and rape of African women is stepped up to make up for lost workers.
  5. Cultural subjugation of African peoples becomes institutionalised - African linguistic and religious expressions are criminalised.
  6. Increase in missionary activity in colonies to convert Africans to Christianity. Wilberforce supports this
  7. In 1803/4 a weakened France is forced to sell New Orleans and the Louisiana territory (15 states),74 times the size of Haiti, in what is now the USA for merely 15 million dollars
  8. In 1806 America joins France and Spain in a trade embargo on Haiti which ruins the economy
  9. In 1825 France demands reparations for destruction of its property during the revolution by sending 12 warships to blockade the port                                                                                     
The aftermath of the Revolution had other impacts on Haiti, including..
Haiti was in forced to pay a total of 150 million Francs to France for fighting against slavery. The USA endorsed this position, The last payment was made in 1947. (President Aristide actually asked for it back in 2003) The equivalent in today's money is $21.7 billion, (source Dr Francis St Hubert, Haiti Restitution Commission)
Present day poverty in Haiti is directly connected to European barbarity

This is based on 5% annual interest; if the normal 7.5% interest were applied, Haiti could be entitled to $4 trillion .The situation is comparable to the Germans demanding compensation from the British for fighting back in World War 2. If that had happened how underdeveloped would Britain be and how overdeveloped would Germany have become ?
  • Haiti is forced to borrow from French banks at high interest rates to pay the money to the French, forcing Haiti further into poverty.
  • The US Marines  invade and brutally occupy Haiti in 1915- 1934, because Haitians refuse to allow foreigners to own their land. US corporations are later brought in to establish plantations and jeans factories that use slave-type labour.
  • The USA and France support human rights abusers like dictators Papa and Baby Doc Duvalier in the 1950's and 1980's who rip off their countrymen and take out loans from the IMF
  • After the US-backed dictators are deposed Haitian people are forced to pay up to 2 milion dollars a year on bad debts incurred by the dictators  
  • The US 'encourages' Haiti to lift its tariff on imported rice, the market is then flooded with imported subsidised US rice forcing local farmers out of work and off their land, then the US companies jack up their prices thereby forcing people to eat mud cakes
  • In 2003 democratically elected Jean Bertrand Aristide requests France pays back the reparations it received. He also campaigns to increase the minimum wage to $2 a day
  • The US government repeatedly destabilises the democratically-elected government of Aristide until he is finally ousted in 2004.He seeks sanctuary in Jamaica but Condeleeza Rice threatens the Jamaicans with dire consequences if he should stay. 
 
The Haitian capital after the earthquake
This may help to explain why Haiti has gone from being the richest island in the Americas in the 1790's (hence the scramble for the island by France, Britain and Spain), to today being  the poorest. Much of the absent infrastructure which is so often mentioned by the media would be present but for the above. To read the entire article click here

References

Ferguson. James, (1998), The Story of the Caribbean People, Ian Randle Publishers, Kingston, Jamaica 
Fryer. Peter, (1984), Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain, Pluto Press  
Hart. Richard, (1998), From Occupation to Independence: A Short History of the Peoples of the English Speaking Caribbean Region, Pluto Press  
Hochschild. Adam, (2005), Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves, Mariner Books 
James. C.L.R., (1963), The Black Jacobins, Vintage Books 
Martin. Steve, (1999), Britain's Slave Trade, Channel 4 Books 
Walwin.  James, (1993), Black Ivory: A History of British Slavery, Fontana Press 
Williams. Eric, (1944), Capitalism and Slavery, Andre Deutsch

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Coming events 2016 ! 

Above: Half time break at 400 years of Black British Civil Rights Part 1. Part two will take place early next year. Also watch out for
African Science Fiction/Fantasy season 

February to June 2016 with great live action and animated films from around the world plus workshops/lectures starring Toyin Agbetu, Andrew Muhammad, Marchu Girma, Wayne Riley/Felisha Mason, Terry Jervis, Selena Carty, Dawn Marine, Tony Warner 
More Queen Nzingha lectures on: Finance, Obeah, Architecture, Vegans, Fibroids, Orgasms, Comics, Traumatic Slave Syndrome, Healthy vaginas, Prostrate Cancer,Film-making, Philospophy, Guns and Penises,

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