Join us for our series of free screenings to accompany the exhibition Things Fall Apart.
El-Tahri’s award-winning documentary adds to our understanding of the African context of the Cold War. From 1961 to 1991, the continent was a battleground for four different competing interests: The Soviet Union wanted to extend its influence into a new continent; the U.S.wanted to take advantage of Africa’s natural resources; former European empires felt their grip on the area weaken; and newly formed African nations fought to defend their recently won independence.
Cuba, an African Odyssey explores how Cuba, under the leadership of Fidel Castro, gave critical support to Africa’s liberation movements. This influence was instrumental in advancing the decolonization process, which brought independence to much of the continent.
The film presents the viewer with rarely seen archival footage and in-depth interviews with those who set the course of important independence and liberation struggles. These range from Che Guevara’s efforts in the Congo in 1965 to the ballet of Cuito Cuanavale in 1988, when the Angolans and Cubans forced South Africa back to the negotiating table to secure the end of the civil war in Angola and Namibia.
**El-Tahri’s Cuba, an African Odyssey is part of a series of curated film screenings that accompany Things Fall Apart, expanding on some of the themes explored in the exhibition. Read more about the film programme here.
The mission of the Calvert 22 Foundation is to support and share the contemporary culture and creativity of the new east – Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and Central Asia – enriching perceptions of the region and furthering international understanding.
Calvert 22 is a not-for-profit organisation committed to dialogue and discovery, to the development of international creative networks, and to the role of learning and education as the basis for knowledge sharing and institutional exchange.
The Foundation achieves its aims through:
Exhibitions and events – Calvert 22 hosts an ongoing programme of exhibitions, talks and screenings, being the UK’s first not-for-profit institution dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art from the new east region.
Culture – The Calvert Journal is an online magazine focused on contemporary culture from the new east, including art, film, architecture, design and avant-garde culture.
Research – The Calvert Forum is an in-house think tank centred on the role of creative industries in regional development. The Forum also operates as a digital and physical platform for discussion and learning.
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