The Institute of African Studies, Institute of Political Economy and the Department of Sociology & Anthropology invite you to a film screening and discussion on "Remembering Samir Amin."
The renowned Egyptian-French academic and activist Samir Amin passed away in August 2018. To commemorate and discuss his scholarship and activism in terms of Africa, the Global South and understanding and challenging forms of globalization, we invite you to a screening of a new documentary about him and a panel discussion with the film-maker Aziz Salmone Fall and Firoze Manji.
Samir Amin: The Organic Intellectual
Z. Fall, 59 m., (o.v. English-French)
The film depicts the audacious struggles of, as well as interviews with, addresses by and special moments involving this outstanding intellectual of the South. In the film Samir Amin discusses the political economy of development, capitalism and imperialism, as well as the resistance of workers and peoples.
Aziz Salmone Fall is a political scientist and an internationalist activist specializing in panafricanism and international relations. He teaches political science, anthropology, African Studies, and international development at McGill University and at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). He is the former coordinator of the Quebec anti-apartheid network and a founding member of GRILA (Groupe de recherche et d'initiative pour la libération de l'Afrique), where he leads CIJS a collective of lawyers working on the first international African campaign against impunity (in the murder of Thomas Sankara) to successfully bring a case of impunity in the murder of a Head of State before the United Nations. He is in charge of the advocacy work of the AFRICOM go home Declaration. Pr Fall served as General Secretary of the Panafrican federalist movement. He is member of the Third World Forum and is the president of the internationalist Center, CIRFA. Other films he directed include René Lévesque rebelle patriote internationaliste, and Africom go home Foreign bases out of Africa.
Firoze Manji is an Adjunct Professor at the Institute of African Studies. He is Kenyan with more than 40 years’ experience in international development, health and human rights, and is the publisher of Daraja Press. He is Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy, and Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies. He is the founder and former editor-in-chief of Pambazuka News and Pambazuka Press. He has previously worked as Africa Programme Director for Amnesty International, Chief Executive of the Aga Khan Foundation (UK), and Regional Representative for Health Sciences in Eastern and Southern Africa for the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC), researcher at the Kenya Medical Research Institute, and lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Nairobi. He has published widely on health, human rights, development and politics. He is co-editor, with Sokari Ekine, of African Awakenings: The Emerging Revolutions and co-editor with Bill Fletcher Jr, of Claim No Easy Victories: The Legacy of Amilcar Cabral. He is a member of the editorial review board of Global Critical Caribbean Thought and member of the editorial board of Nokoko, journal of the Institute of African Studies. He holds a PhD and MSc from the University of London, and BDS from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
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