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Film+conversation: Walter Rodney: What They Don't Want You to Know

Thursday, March 21


«Walter Rodney: What they don’t Want you to Know» is an original 72-minute documentary featuring a murder, Cold War conspiracies, Black Power, the end of Empire, and how that connects to the policing, surveillance practices and social movements of today.

Doors open at 18:0
Film screening starts at 19:00
Free admission

Filmed in Guyana, Barbados, Jamaica, Tanzania, the US and the UK, the 72-minute documentary tells the story of murder, Cold War conspiracy theories, the Black Power movement, the end of the British Empire and how the legacy of colonialism continues to shape the modern world.

Walter Rodney was murdered in 1980 in Guyana, South America, by the CIA and an MI5-backed autocratic government. The documentary uses declassified security service documents, revealing interviews and reconstruction to tell an important, yet little known story. Filmed with local crews in six countries in the Caribbean, US, Africa and the UK detailing Rodney's influence.

The screening will be followed by a conversation with director Arlen Harris and Ari Gautier from Melahuset.

The film is screened in collaboration with The Walter Rodney Foundation.

The film is directed by father and son team  Daniyal Harris-Vajda and Arlen Harris. Arlen is an award-winning programme maker with over 30 year's experience in print, TV and radio, working mainly for British television for the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV on World in Action, Panorama and Dispatches. His reporting with Paul Lashmar on racial segregation in the army for the Observer helped end the colour bar in the elite regiments guarding the Queen. He has made a film on Guiness, the beer and the family. He has filmed with pirates in the South China seas, in Beirut and in Sri Lanka during the civil war and made films about the Iraq War. 

Daniyal currently works as a Producer Director at a London based production company. In the last three years he has independently made a feature length documentary and shot and directed a series of films in Latin America.