TransAfrica and BloomScreen present: ‘Thomas Sankara: The Upright Man’

Join us at BloomBars, 3222 11th Street, NW, Washington, DC on May 15, 2012 at 7pm.

Thomas Sankara: The Upright Man (2006, 52 min), by Robin Shuffield – examines the story of African leader, Thomas Sankara, who initiated revolutionary changes in Burkina Faso.

Sankara came to power in Burkina Faso, in 1983, and immediately set the country on the most ambitious program for social and economic change ever attempted on the African continent.  He even changed the name of the country from Upper Volta to Burkina Faso, ‘Land of Upright Men.’  Preaching economic self reliance and an end to Africa’s foreign debt to international banks and to their former colonial masters, Sankara shunned the use of World Bank loans in favor of promoting local food and textile production.  Sankara’s brief four-year rule and revolutionary programs of African economic self-reliance stood as a defiant alternative to the neo-colonial and neo-liberal development strategies imposed on Africa by the West.

Our screening will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Mwiza Munthali - the Public Outreach Director of TransAfrica.

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