This film covers the life of world renowned, historian, author, and activist, Dr. Walter Rodney who was assassinated on Friday, June 13, 1980, at age 38, in his native Guyana.
It’s a story of a man who dedicated his life, and ultimately, gave his life in the struggle for equal rights and justice. He did so through his considerable intellectual gifts and actual grassroots involvement everywhere he went. The people who knew him weave a tale of how they related to him and him them. In the process we see the growth of their friend, brother, father, husband, his ideology and how that changed over the years from his coming of age in racially divided Guyana through the cold war, the Black Power Movement, Pan-Africanism, Caribbean independence, and the idea of self emancipation.
The film begins in Guyana during the civil rebellion in mid 1979. It travels back and forth from the, then, present to Walter’s formative years. It’s about the influence of places on him and him on places as evidenced by the ‘Rodney riots’ of 1968 in Kingston, Jamaica, his role in Southern Africa’s struggle for independence and, finally, civil rebellion in Guyana where his life ended just a block from his birth-home. It’s a film about us: all of us.
Screening Followed by Q&A and Reception