FIRST ANNUAL MALCOLM X FILM FESTIVAL: starts BELFAST, SAT 14th March

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From the FB event page of the Malcolm X Movement

“One of the greatest living revolutionaries, Leila Khaled is CONFIRMED to speak via live internet link to the first of seven events of the FIRST ANNUAL MALCOLM X FILM FESTIVAL – organised by the Malcolm X Movement in BELFAST at Culturlann on the Falls Road 1-630pm THIS SATURDAY 14th March.

Leila Khaled is a senior PLO member, elected member to the PA, and a leading member of the radical socialist and anti-imperialist Palestinian organisation the legendary Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Comrade Leila will also be joined at the event in person by Saeb Shaath, a accomplished advocate, formerly a diplomat and revolutionary for the Palestinian cause. It is a pleasure and honour to have Comrade Saeb joining us for this event.

The Malcolm X Movement requests you publicise this event page and encourage people to attend and make this Saturday’s and the whole series of events a success. ”

'Delighted to announce that it is confirmed comrade Garikai Chengu will be speaking via live internet video link to the first of seven events in six cities of the FIRST ANNUAL MALCOLM X FILM FESTIVAL - organised by the Malcolm X Movement (https://www.facebook.com/events/373869066125833/ ) this Saturday in the revolutionary centre in the 'west' known as West Belfast (Culturlann, Falls Road, 1-630pm). Brother Garikai is one of the sharpest younger revolutionary voices from Africa. He is currently a graduate student at Harvard University conducting research on African and African American affairs. Garikai is a member of Zanu PF's youth league and a staunch Third Worldist, ie., he is from a peoples revolutionary movement which along with the Irish, Palestinians and many others, have always been in the vanguard against british colonialism/neo-colonialism.'

“Delighted to announce that it is confirmed comrade Garikai Chengu will be speaking via live internet video link to the first of seven events in six cities of the FIRST ANNUAL MALCOLM X FILM FESTIVAL  this Saturday in the revolutionary centre in the ‘west’ known as West Belfast (Culturlann, Falls Road, 1-630pm). Brother Garikai is one of the sharpest younger revolutionary voices from Africa. He is currently a graduate student at Harvard University conducting research on African and African American affairs. Garikai is a member of Zanu PF’s youth league and a staunch Third Worldist, ie., he is from a peoples revolutionary movement which along with the Irish, Palestinians and many others, have always been in the vanguard against british colonialism/neo-colonialism.

“Sister Ilyasah Shabazz is one of the daughters of Malcolm X and is a articulate author and writer. Here on her father’s 50th martyrdom anniversary lays out some prescient analysis as to the new generation of activism in the usa. We are honoured and inspired that sister Ilyasah is supporting and speaking via video link to the ‪#‎MalcolmXMovement‬‘s First Annual Malcolm X Film Festival.”

see her: What Would Malcolm X Think?

“We in the Malcolm X Movement are honoured and give thanks and respect to the Irish strugglers and martyrs.

While the Black Power revolutionary movements in the usa were raging in the late 1960s and 1970s, there was another civil rights movement of one of the oldest colonised people on the planet: the Irish people especially in the occupied northern six counties fighting their (on-going) battle to liberate themselves and unify their country. LIke in the usa, the resistant-oppressed people of Ireland took their civil rights struggle to higher political struggle and did so by any means necessary.

We salute the Irish revolutionaries, and the Hunger Strikers in 1981 who raised their/our struggle to a higher and more determined mass level. The song here is by one of the revolutionaries in the prison struggle of that time – God bless them and grant them heaven.”

CIVIL RIGHTS & BLACK POWER | GLOBAL UNITY & INTERNATIONALISM | LEGACY, CONTINUITIES & CHALLENGES

speakers include*:

ILYASAH SHABAZZ (writer and daughter of Malcolm X)
LEILA KHALED (PFLP / PLO)
BERNADETTE McALISKEY
Dr MOUSSA IBRAHIM (Libyan Resistance)
GERRY McLOCHLAINN (former Irish POW / Sinn Fein)
GEORGE SHIRE (ZANU-PF Liberation War veteran)
GAMAL NKRUMAH (Kwame Nkrumah’s Son)
GARIKAI CHENGU (ZANU-PF Youth)
DARCUS HOWE

TAIMUR RAHMAN (Communist Workers Peasants Party of Pakistan)
MINKAH ODOFO (APLO)
AAMER RAHMAN
ARZU MERALI (IHRC)
SWISS (So Solid Crew)
BROTHER OMOWALE
DR LEZ HENRY
SUKANT CHANDAN (Malcolm X Movement)
SARA MYERS (Exhibit B protest)
MALIA BOUATTIA (NUS Black Students)
SAQIB DESHMUKH (Justice for Habib ‘Paps’ Ullah Family Campaign)

Suggested donation £5

All seven events are being filmed for publication

1. Sat 14 March – 1-630pm Culturlann, Falls Road, Belfast, BT12 6AH

2. Sat 21 March – 2-8pm, Ruskin College, Steve Biko room, OX3 9BZ

3. Sun 22 March – 2-8pm, The Drum, Aston, Birmingham, B6 4UU

4. Sat 28th March – 2-9pm, Sallis Benney Theatre, Grand Parade, Brighton, BN2 0JY

5. Mon 06 April (Bank Holiday) – 230-8pm, Rich Mix, Bethnal Green, London, E1 6LA

6. Sat 11 April – 5-8pm, Black Cultural Archives, Brixton, London, SW2 1 EF

7. Sun 12 April – 230-830pm – Malcolm X Centre, St Pauls, Bristol, BS2 8YH

The Malcolm X Movement is a Black & Asian led decolonial anti-imperialist organisation that seeks to unite Global South peoples and diaspora. The Malcolm X Movement (MXM) and supporting organisations is immensely proud to bring to our peoples the first annual Malcolm X Film Festival taking place in SEVEN cities across England including one in Belfast, (occupied) Ireland.

The First Annual Malcolm X Film Festival will feature three panels/themes with related speeches and interviews from Malcolm X, especially the last few years of his life. The three panels/themes are:

1. CIVIL RIGHTS & BLACK POWER

2. GLOBAL UNITY & INTERNATIONALISM

3. LEGACY, CONTINUITIES & CHALLENGES

This is the biggest Black & Asian radical event of its kind to take place in England and perhaps western Europe for for the last generation since the mid 1990s. Never before in this time has such an event with such a inspiring amount of speakers and Global support (including from Ilyasah Shabazz, the Black Panther Alumni, the revolutionary Palestinian group the PFLP, the Black Panther Alumni, the Communist Workers & PEasants Party of Pakistan amongst others) taken place in the last 20 years or so.

With the steady but sure increasing power of the Global South against neo-colonialism and the ‘colonial matrix of power’, with the ‘west’ increasing its covert and overt global war in an attempt to maintain its hegemonic position and with the directly related microcosm of this global war reflected in the increasing oppression and exploitation of Black and Asian and working class peoples in the west, never has there been a more necessary time for the MXM to contribute to the building of communities of resistance in unity with the Global South.

The MXM has already delivered a free one year liberation school under the initiative of its ‘Assata Tupac Liberation School’, and has held one public conference entitled ‘Strike the Empire Back’ in June 2014, see here: http://tinyurl.com/nhhuezf

The MXM is not launching until August this year (2015) when it will organise with supporting organisations the first annual Malcolm X Summer Festival.

We in the MXM take inspiration and leadership from Malcolm X who made it plain himself, advocate uniting all peoples against the ‘greatest purveyors of violence in the world’ (Dr King Jr) today which is the neo-colonialism: “We have a common enemy. We have this in common: We have a common oppressor, a common exploiter, and a common discriminator. But once we all realize that we have this common enemy, then we unite on the basis of what we have in common”***

Supporting organisations**:

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Libyan Peoples National Movement
Black Panther Almuni
Communist Workers Peasants Party of Pakistan
Respect Party
Kurdish Students Union
DayMer
Global Afrikan Congress
Hansib Publications
African Peoples Liberation Organisation
Islamic Human Rights Commission
‘Rice N Peas’ Films
Nu Beyond
Black History Studies
NUS Black Students
Black British Islamic Bureau
Intifada Street
Pan-African Society Community Forum
Justice for Habib Ullah Campaign
Media Diversified
International Institute for Scientific Research
Muslim Vibe
Global Studies School, University of Sussex
Tricontinental Anti-Imperialist Platform
Migrant Media
Ujima FM
GlobalFaction
I am Hip-Hop
Voice Over Productions
South Bristol Workers Forum
Bristol Ukraine Antifascist Solidarity
5Pillars
Oomk Magazine

*Please note: Not all speakers are speaking at every event of the Malcolm X Film Festival, and at some events some speakers may speak either in person or via live video link. Please check the individual events to see which speakers are speaking

** More organisations can apply to be a supporting organisation to the MX Film Festival, please get in touch if you would like to do so.

***All enquiries, including getting involved in the Malcolm X Movement, should be emailed to 2015mxm@gmail.com

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