Fall 2014 Film Series: Peoples Struggles in the Americas


DePaul University

Schmitt Academic Center Room 254

2320 N. Kenmore Avenue. Chicago (2 blocks west of Fullerton Red Line)

Sundays  at  2pm

 October 26         Revolutionary Medicine: The Story of the First Garifuna Hospital

 Speaker from Honduras Solidarity Network
Revolutionary Medicine is a 45-minute documentary by Beth Geglia and Jesse Freeston, who had been a key member of the Real News Network.
Dr. Luther Harry Castillo, a Cuban-trained Garifuna doctor is our lively guide. He retraces the journey of the people of Ciriboya, a town in northeastern Honduras, to self-determination and empowerment, through the building of a community hospital. It is a heroic and inspiring struggle, told with intelligence, strength and humor, through the power of story, song and dance—and with an ever present historical context. The music of Aurelio Martinez and the Garifuna Soul Band provides the film’s ‘trilling wire.’

November 2             Cuba: An African Odyssey

 From Che Guevara’s military in the Congo up to the fall of apartheid in South Africa, 300,000 Cubans fought alongside African revolutionaries. CUBA, AN AFRICAN ODYSSEY is the previously untold story of Cuba’s support for African revolutions, one of the Cold War’s most vigorous contests over resources and national liberation. At the very height of the Cold War, Cuba risked the enmity of both superpowers by its unwavering commitment to the principle that Africa should be governed by the genuine representatives of its peoples. To that end they provided invaluable support to liberation struggles throughout the continent. The film focuses on Cuban efforts in Congo, Guinea-Bissau and during the war in Angola. It reveals incredible events that span thirty years, from Che Guevara’s covert mission to avenge the death of Patrice Lumumba, to Fidel Castro’s command of the decisive battle in Angola and the negotiations with Apartheid South Africa that finally ended the war.

December 7      Eugene Debs and the American Movement

The film documents fifty years of a long-history of the bloody strikes and brutal government reaction to the American workers’ attempts to organize., Debs was influenced by events as diverse as the massive railroad strike of 1877, the rapid growth of monopolies in the 1890s, World War I, and the Russian Revolution.
  This film presents a picture of the historical conditions and the  man who founded the American Railway Union.led the Pullman Strike of 1894, founded the Socialist Party of America in 1901,ran four times as the Socialist Party presidential candidate – campaigning tirelessly, explaining the principles of socialism to people across the United States, organized the Industrial Workers of the World, along with Mother Jones, Big Bill Haywood and others, served two and a half years in federal prison for opposing World War I, and received a million presidential votes while in jail.
Debs and the movement he helped build are roots of a long and bloody struggle of American working people to own collectively what they produce.

 December 14         Dennis Banks: A Good Day to Die 

Dennis Banks co-founded the American Indian Movement in 1968 to call attention to the oppression of native Americans, The film presents a look at Dennis Banks’ life beginning with his early experience in boarding schools, through his military service in Japan, his transformative experience in Stillwater State Prison and subsequent founding of a movement that, through confrontational actions in Washington DC, Custer South Dakota and Wounded Knee, changed the lives of American Indians forever.
Sponsors: DePaul University Department of History and Chicago Committee to Free the Cuban 5


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