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Small Island plus Q and A with producer

Sunday  7 February 11am -4.00pm

Cinema, Imperial War Museum

Lambeth Road SE1

Tube: Lambeth North.

Tickets from Information desk

 Previously Sold Out 

By popular demand we re-screeen the film with an audience interview with   producer Vicky Licorish. Entry is free, get your ticket from the Information desk, but we  ask that you put £5.00 in the bucket for the Haiti Relief Fund. The film will be shown in two 90 minute parts with an hour  break in between. The museum is still hosting the incredibly popular War to Windrush exhibition which details the African/Caribbean war effort  featured in the film. Cinema doors open 10.30am. Museum opens 10.00am 







Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation

Saturday  20 February 2pm-5.00pm

BFI Southbank (near Royal Festival Hall)

Belvedere Road SE1

Tube: Waterloo.

Tickets ₤5, best to book early

Phone 0207 928 3232

Never before seen blockbuster movie about African indepedence filmed from an African perspective ! 

From the director that brought you “Killer of Sheep,” and “To Sleep with Anger.”

Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation tells the story of Sam Nujoma, the first president of Namibia, who fought for his country's Independence from South Africa. Burnett uses a visionary cinematic language to present sixty years of African history through the eyes of an extraordinary man. This daring film is the first to be produced by the government of Namibia, a remarkable economic effort and and a gamble on African cinematography.

Charles Burnett's Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation  tells the rise to power of Nujoma (Carl Lumbly), a prominent leader in Namibia's struggle for independence from South Africa, and that country's first president. Opening when Nujoma was 16 years old and the country is under constant oppression from South Africa, the young man learns that he is the direct descendant of royalty. He sets off to live with an aunt, and befriends a religious man (Danny Glover) who has maintained a low profile after legal troubles stemming from a suspicious car accident. Eventually Nujoma, in the face of severe racism, forms the SWAPO political movement that, with the assistance of some foreign governments, eventually earns Namibia its independence.









Outside the Law: Stories from Guantanamo Bay

Saturday  27 February 2pm-5.00pm

BFI Southbank (near Royal Festival Hall)

Belvedere Road SE1

Tube: Waterloo.

Tickets ₤5, best to book early

Phone 0207 928 3232


Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” is a new documentary film, directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington, telling the story of Guantánamo (and including sections on extraordinary rendition and secret prisons) with a particular focus on how the Bush administration turned its back on domestic and international laws, how prisoners were rounded up in Afghanistan and Pakistan without adequate screening (and often for bounty payments), and why some of these men may have been in Afghanistan or Pakistan for reasons unconnected with militancy or terrorism (as missionaries or humanitarian aid workers, for example).

The film is based around interviews with former prisoners (Moazzam Begg and, in his first major interview, Omar Deghayes, who was released in December 2007), lawyers for the prisoners (Clive Stafford Smith in the UK and Tom Wilner in the US), and journalist and author Andy Worthington, and also includes appearances from Guantánamo’s former Muslim chaplain James Yee, Shakeel Begg, a London-based Imam, and the British human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce.

Focusing on the stories of three particular prisoners — Shaker Aamer (who is still held), Binyam Mohamed (who was released in February 2009) and Omar Deghayes — “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” provides a powerful rebuke to those who believe that Guantánamo holds “the worst of the worst” and that the Bush administration was justified in responding to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 by holding men neither as prisoners of war, protected by the Geneva Conventions, nor as criminal suspects with habeas corpus rights, but as “illegal enemy combatants” with no rights whatsoever







The Mau Mau and the History of Kenya (Film and Talk)

Sunday 28th February 1.30pm-5.00pm

Imperial War Museum Lambeth Road SE1

Tube: Lambeth North. Adm: Free. First come, first served

Bring pen and pad and be on time

Much of the  geographic and ethnic divisions currently seen in Kenya were established and encouraged  during British  colonialism. The Kenyan people have sued the British government for human rights abuses commited by their forces. Soldiers who had fought loyally for Britain during World War 2 came back to find white Britsh immigrants  living on their fertile land while harassing local women.When Kenyan people fought for their independence, as they were'nt allowed to vote, the British invaders used:

  • Torture
  • Detention camps for up to 70,000 people
  • Castration and blinding 
    Fatal whipping
    Rape by British soldiers
  • Rape with bottles of hot water

The British Army also used Northern Kenya for military exercises. As a result of leaving unexploded munitions behind, hundreds of Maasai and Samburu people have been killed or maimed by unexploded bombs left  laying around  over the past 50 years. The British fought the case. In 2002, a settlement was reached in which the UK government agreed to pay 7 million  plus legal fees.


Black Mans Land, White Mans Country

Saturday  23 January 2pm-5.00pm

BFI Southbank (near Royal Festival Hall)

Belvedere Road SE1

Tube: Waterloo.

Tickets ₤5, best to book early

Phone 0207 928 3232



History of Kenya from a Kenyan perspective with two rare films made in 1970's

They detail how the British initially appeared as traders in East Africa before moving on to massacre numerous ethnic groups including Somalis, and Masai. Resistance leaders were killed, imprisoned or disappeared and replaced with quislings. The best land was stolen and given to British immigrants such as Lord Delamere. Schools and rites of passage customs were destroyed or disrupted and replaced with mission schools which only a few could attend. The Land and Freedom army was formed by ex WW2 veterans but the British refused to use their name and invented a new name, The Mau Mau. With extensive archive footage and extended interviews with the African resistance movement these unique films have eerie parallels with the modern day 'war on terror' and put a context on recent political and racial problems in Kenya