Film Screening and Forum
From Cuba to Kuba: Che Guevara and the Awakening of an Internationalist Movement
De Cuba a Kuba: Che Guevara y el Despertar de un Movimiento Internacionalista
Venue: Reeves Center, Cromwell Room Second Floor
2000 14th Street, NW (14th and V Streets, NW)
Washington, DC 20009
From the Caribbean Island of Cuba to the Kongo Kingdom of Kuba in the heart of Africa. Join us to commemorate (or reflect on) the birth of Cuba’s Internationalism through remembering Che Guevara’s work in the Congo. Motivated by the (CIA-induced) assassination of democratically-elected Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba in 1961, Che Guevara led a secret Cuban expedition to the Congo in April of 1965 under heavy disguise, to assist in the fight for liberation.
Through art, dance, drumming, documentaries, discussions and recollections, we will recount Cuba’s involvement in the Congo under Che’s leadership, discuss Cuba’s international solidarity efforts with African liberation movements, and explore how to carry Che’s torch in promoting solidarity between Africa and Latin America today.
We will be showing clips from Jihan El-Tahri’s documentary Cuba: An African Odyssey and Freddy Ilunga: Che’s Swahili Translator. Pan-Latin hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Café Arte followed by a discussion led by Ofunshi Oba Koso, President of MN Yoruba Cuba Association and protégé of the late Freddy Ilanga (Che’s personal interpreter in the Congo) and Kambale Musavuli, Spokesperson of Friends of the Congo. Ofunshi will share his experience of growing up in Cuba as a young Afri-Cuban revolutionary under the tutelage of Freddy Ilunga, Victor Drake (Second-in-Command of Che’s guerilla unit in Congo) and other members of the historical mission. Kambale will give a brief overview of Congo’s current situation and discuss current solidarity efforts between young Congolese and young visionaries in Latin America as well as share opportunities for involvement.
Performing artists include Ancestral Master Drummer Baba Joseph Ngwa and local DC Afro-Cuban percussionists. Visual artists will be doing live paintings inspired by the evening’s music, dance and discussion and donate the paintings to be auctioned in our after-party celebration held at Café Arte. All proceeds from the auction will go to support Friends of the Congo. All attendees to this event will receive a special discount for the From Congo to Conga after party at Café Arte in collaboration with the Afro-Caribbean Festival, presenting a myriad of Caribbean music inspired by their African heritage.
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