Friday, July 9
Knowledge of transnational solidarities between socialist countries and the Global South disappeared after the fall of the Berlin Wall. In the case of Yugoslavia, the collapse of the country meant that its role in these networks, through the provision of wide-ranging technical expertise and the logistical support of liberation struggles in the Global South, remains unexplored terrain. This workshop will engage participants in the discovery and contextualizing of films made by Yugoslav filmmakers for the Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo) during the Mozambican war of independence, starting with Venceremos, the first film shot for the movement in 1967. What are the mechanisms that could be used to engage in transnational ciné-solidarity? Using filmed materials, personal archives of the camera operators who filmed them and documents revealing the policies behind these ciné-collaborations, the workshop seeks to perpetuate the gesture of solidarity by which the original films were initially created through considerations of authorship, representation and re-activation in the present moment. Online participation preference will be given to Lusophone Africans and Afro-diasporans.