The Cabral/Truth Circle of TransAfrica at Busboys and Poets presents the film
Berlin 1885: The Division of Africa followed by post-screening discussion
Date: October 21, 6:00 - 8:00PM
Venue: Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th Street NW (14th & V), Washington, DC 20009
“If we are going to forge a 21st century movement for peace and justice, we must first understand the plight of our brethren around the world. The Cabral/Truth Circles are designed to educate and then motivate our community to take action against tyranny, racism, and all forms of war.” --Nicole Lee, President, TransAfrica
The Cabral/Truth Circle is a combination of a great film festival and an exciting book club that focuses on the history and political movements of Africa and the African Diaspora. The Circle, named after Amilcar Cabral and Sojourner Truth, focuses on the history and political movements of Africa and the African Diaspora through a film screening and highlighting of a complementary book. Every other month, TransAfrica shows a short documentary and hosts a discussion linking history and current affairs, and encouraging individual and collective activism.
The Cabral/Truth Circle on October 21 will focus on the effects of the partition and colonization of Africa by European powers in 1885 with the presentation of the film Berlin 1885: The Division of Africa followed by a discussion.
Berlin 1885: The Division of Africa (2011) 84 min.; Dir. Joel CalmettesFrench w/ English subtitles
In 1885, representatives from the Great Powers of Europe came together in Berlin to set up guidelines for the division, colonization and economic exploitation of the continent of Africa. No African representatives were invited. Central to the negotiations of the "Berlin Conference on Africa" was the establishment of Congo as a free trade zone under the personal rule of Kind Leopold II of Belgium. Rich archival and scholarly material, plus dramatic reenactments based on transcripts of the Conference proceedings provide an insightful window into the events that would launch the Scramble for Africa and a turning point for millions by the hands of a few.