Tuesday, October 21st
Dir. André Cauvin
1955, 80 min.
In 1955, just five years before Congolese independence, King Baudouin of Belgium paid his first visit to his nation's prized colony. Belgian filmmaker André Cauvin was enlisted to document the trip, and from this material created Bwana Kitoko (translated from Swahili as "Handsome Man"), a propaganda film that is at once a naked portrayal of colonial exploitation, and a valuable source of insight into the forces that have shaped life in Congo today.
Followed by post-screening discussion on colonial propaganda
Matthew G. Stanard is Associate Professor of History at Berry College where he is the 2014 recipient of the Mary S. and Samuel Poe Carden Award for outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service. He has published a number of books, journal articles, and book chapters on nineteenth- and twentieth-century European overseas empire. He has been a participant in the National History Center’s Decolonization Seminar in Washington, D.C., a Wolfsonian-FIU Fellow in Miami Beach, Florida, and a Belgian American Educational Foundation Fellow in Brussels, Belgium. He lives in Rome, Georgia, with his wife Noemi and sons Marlon and Ivan.
Lubangi Muniania is an Art Educator, specialized in the visual and performing arts of Africa. He has worked as an exhibition consultant for Georgia Tech University’s Robert C. Williams Paper Museum, Director of Education at the Museum for African Art in New York, African Art Education consultant for the Art Institute of Chicago, Saint Louis Museum of Arts, festivals and cultural centers. Lubangi has written and produced numerous documentaries, including Memories of Lumumba for the Museum for African Art, African Portrait for NBC, and a documentary about food suppliers in DRC’s conflict zones for Bill Moyers Journal on PBS. He has also produced educational events for Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, City College of New York, The United Nations, The Africa-America Institute, Sessions at Africa One (AT&T). Lubangi is currently the president of Tabilulu Productions.
Maurice Carney is a co-founder and Executive Director of the Friends of the Congo. He has worked with Congolese for over fifteen years in their struggle for peace, justice and human dignity. Mr. Carney possesses two bachelors degrees, a masters degree and is pursuing a Ph.D. in political science. He has worked with civic associations in West Africa providing training on research methodology and survey. He served as the interim Africa working group coordinator for Reverend Jesse Jackson while he was Special Envoy to Africa. Mr. Carney has worked as a research analyst for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and as a research consultant for the Congressional Black Caucus. He has provided analysis on the Congo for Al Jazeera, ABC News, Democracy Now, Real News Network, Pambazuka News, All Africa News, and a host of other media outlets.