This symposium will discuss the cultural links established within internationalist networks of solidarity, in the 1960s, in connection with the 50th anniversaries of the Tricontinental Conference in Havana, Cuba, and the 1966 World Festival of Negro Arts, in Dakar, Senegal. The symposium will show how these two moments (and movements) – Tricontinentalism and Pan-Africanism – in the then-called Third World countries, led to an enduring dialogue that promoted decolonization and emancipation for African nations in the following decades.
12-1pm: Jihan El-Tahri, renowned Egyptian film director of Cuba, an African Odyssey (screening on Sat 29 Oct at Filmhouse), Behind the Rainbow and other documentaries, special guest at Africa in Motion 2016, will open the symposium with a discussion on her career and of African cinema.
2-3pm: Professor David Murphy (University of Stirling) will discuss the Pan-African cultural festivals of the 1960s as some of the most significant manifestations of the desire to forge transnational forms of postcolonial solidarity. In particular, he will examine the First World Festival of Negro Arts (Dakar 1966) and its representation on film, including discussion of landmark documentaries by African American filmmaker William Greaves and the Soviet directors, Venzher and Makhnatch.
3-4pm: Dr Raquel Ribeiro (University of Edinburgh) will present on the cultural reverberations of the Havana Tricontinental Conference from Cuba to Lusophone Africa, discussing how issues of emancipation and decolonization were perceived and adopted in Africa, Asia and Latin America, especially in film (selected sections from documentaries by José Massip and Santiago Álvarez will be screened).
4-6pm: Screening Room G.04, 50 George Square: The symposium will be followed by screenings of two important but rarely seen documentaries about the Dakar festival: The First World Festival of Negro Arts by celebrated African American filmmaker, William Greaves, and African Rhythms by the Soviet directors, Irina Venzher and Leonid Makhnatch. Stunning evocations of this landmark event, the films also reveal the complex Cold War politics surrounding the festival with both the United States and the Soviet Union striving to present themselves as Africa’s ally.
Supported by CAS (Centre for African Studies) and LLC (School of Literatures Languages and Cultures) at the University of Edinburgh, and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Stirling.