Wednesday September 27, the Gala Opening of the Montreal Black Film Festival featured Kalushi – The Story of Solomon Mahlangu directed and produced by south African film-maker Mandla Dube. Ole Gjerstad and Doug Miller reviewed the film for Amandla listeners. A must see for the history and the excellent quality of the production and acting by an all South African cast. Doug also interviewed another South African film-maker, Joseph Oesi, who read a message from his friend, Mandla Dube, at the Gala about his goals and hopes for the film.
Film storyline: Kalushi is a true story about nineteen-year-old Solomon Mahlangu, a hawker from the streets of Mamelodi—a ghetto township outside Pretoria, South Africa. He is brutally beaten by police. Following the 1976 Soweto uprisings, Kalushi exiles himself to join the liberation movement. He returns from military training in Angola en route to his mission, where his friend and comrade Mondy loses control and shoots two innocent people on Johannesburg’s Goch Street. Mondy is severely beaten and tortured; Kalushi is forced to stand trial under the common purpose doctrine. The state seeks the highest punishment from the court: death by hanging. Kalushi has his back against the wall and uses the courtroom as a final battlefield. His sacrifice immortalizes him into a hero of the struggle and an international icon of June 16, 1976.
Entrevue avec Ndongo Samba Sylla, économiste du développement à la Fondation Rosa Luxemburg à Dakar (Sénégal).
M.Sylla livre son analyse sur les tenants et les aboutissants d’une monnaie coloniale qui n’a plus de raisons d’être, si ce n’est de continuer à assurer les intérêts de la France dans la zone Franc et de maintenir dans un état de sous-développement durable les 14 pays qui partagent cette monnaie. Il nous propose dans cette entrevue ses réflexions sur des pistes de sortie du Franc CFA, sortie qui selon lui est impérative non seulement d’un point de vu décolonial et souverain mais aussi d’un point de vu démocratique.
Gwen Schulman talks to journalist Zahra Moloo about her article “All That Glitters: Neoliberal Violence, Small-Scale Mining, and Gold Extraction in Northern Tanzania,” in the recently published collection Against Colonization and Rural Disposession, edited by Dip Kapoor .
Madagascar has thrown its doors open to foreign mining interests and Canadian mining companies have stepped right in, to ill effect.
Gwen Schulman talks to Jamie Kneed of Canadian Mining Watch on growing tension between farmers in Vohitsara, in Eastern Madagascar, and Canadian company DNI Metals exploring graphite ore deposits in the country.
On the 1st of September, the Kenyan supreme court annulled election results, plunging Kenya into a new unexpected round of elections. Firoze Manji, the publisher of Daraja Press, speaks to Amandla regular Zahra Moloo about the recent history of Kenyan elections.
University of Quebec in Montreal professor Dan O’Meara who personnally got to know Steve Biko, South African activist killed during the apartheid regime 40 years ago, remembers his contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle.
Gwen Shulman speaks to Catherine Coumans from Mining Watch Canada about recent violations involving Barrick Gold’s Tanzanian subsidiary Acacia mining. Since 2011 there have been reports of abuses around the mine. Catherine Coumans returns from a recent visit there.
De l’ère Ben Ali à la présidence de Essebsi , les choix en matière de politique économique semblent faire consensus. Pris en tenaille par la logique néolibérale depuis 2011, la Tunisie ne cesse de multiplier les crédits auprès des institutions financières internationales de type F.M.I et Banque Mondiale.
Non sans conditions, puisque ces dernières exigent des réformes drastiques sous l’appellation de P.A.S ( Programmes d’ajustements structurels ), ce qui a pour conséquences directs d’imposer une cure d’austérité au peuple tunisien.
Pour en parler avec nous, Fathi Chamkhi , député du Front populaire de Tunisie et porte-parole de Raid Attac Tunisie et du C.A.D.T.M., il nous livre son analyse sur les tenants et les aboutissants de la dette tunisienne dans une perspective locale et globale.
A founder of SWAPO, militant leader, and respected statesman, Toivo wa Toivo spent 16 years on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela and other movement militants who regarded him as one of the most stubbornly principled fighters in the struggle. On his release from prison on the eve of independence, he returned home to a hero’s welcome and then refused to descend into the hurley burley of political power struggles. He, nonetheless, stayed at the table as a cabinet minister where his wisdom as an elder and a prison graduate held great sway.
Montreal-based documentary filmmaker Ole Gjerstad shot a documentary film about Andimba in 1989-90, Toivo Child of Hope, which can be viewed here. Ole talks about Andibma and his role in the struggle for the national liberation of Namibia.