25 February 2015
Thomas Sankara & Amilcar Cabral documentaries to be shown at Africa Diaspora International Film Festival in New York
African Leaders: Thomas Sankara & Amilcar Cabral
Sat, Feburary 28 @ 1PM
In the former Upper Volta, known today as Burkina Faso, a group of men decided to launch a revolution that would enable the country to accept the responsibility of its reality and its destiny with human dignity. Captain Thomas Sankara, the leader of the resulting Burkinabe Revolution, would go on to belong to a group of African leaders who desired to give their respective countries and the African continent a new socio-political dimension. (RDC, 1991, 26 min, Balufu Bakupa Kanyinda, dir., Biography, French with English subt.)
Amilcar Cabral was the leader of the Liberation Movement of Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau and the founder of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde (PAIGC). From Cabral's birth to his tragic assassination, this documentary reveals the revolutionary giant in several dimensions—as a man, father, politician, humanist and poet—while delving into a wealth of rare archive footage, varied testimonies of important African figures and the recreation of notable episodes of Cabral's life.
(Cape Verde/Portugal, 2001, 52 min, Ana Ramos Lisboa, dir., Biography, French with English subt.)