OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt was our great pleasure to sit down this week with Barthelemy Bazemo, policy analyst with the Africa Faith & Justice Network, and Kerry Danner of Georgetown University to discuss the film Burkinabe Rising and help get the word out about a FREE SCREENING at the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium on Thursday, May 3.

“Burkinabe Rising: The Art of Resistance in Burkina Faso” is a new full-length documentary from Cultures of Resistance Films that highlights a creative nonviolent resistance movement in Burkina Faso that helped overthrow a dictator who ruled the country for 27 years. A small landlocked country in West Africa, Burkina Faso is home to a vibrant community of artists and engaged citizens who showed how political change can be achieved when people come together. Dance, music, visual arts, and citizen journalists are highlighted in this film that shines a light on a neglected subject.

After the film, there will be a panel discussion with Barthelemy, Kerry and Paul Sankara, the brother of former Burkina Faso President Thomas Sankara who was killed in a 1987 coup. Kerry will facilitate the discussion and Q&A with the audience.¬†Donations will be collected at the screening to benefit an orphanage in Burkina Faso that is featured in the film. You can check out the trailer below and hear our interview with Barthelemy and Kerry below that. And if you’re in the DMV we invite you to click here for more info on the free screening in Takoma Park this week.

“While revolutionaries as individuals can be murdered, you cannot kill ideas.”

-Thomas Sankara

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[Click play for our interview with Barthelemy Bazemo and Kerry Danner – April 25, 2018]