From Cuba to Kuba, Congo- Free Film Screening, Forum, after party

Film Screening and Forum (Free)
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
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 overthrow and subsequent 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.


Time: 7:30-9:30PM
Venue: Reeves Center, Cromwell Room Second Floor
[masked]th Street, NW (14th and V Streets, NW)
Washington, DC 20009
Click here for details of event!


AFRO-Caribbean Benefit Party (Tickets - $10 includes free drink)
Conga to Congo
Time: 10 PM - 3:00 AM
Venue: Café Arte
1826 Columbia Rd NW, 2nd Floor of El Rincon Espanol
Washington, DC 20009

for more information and ticket purchase!
http://congoweek.org/events

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 Conga to Congo 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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  • Dunori V. P.

    I'm just now realizing that I didn't actually "Yes" RSVP for this but for those I ran into while there, it was nice seeing yall as usual (despite the little encounter with the cops).

    May 26, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Just walked in, where is everyone sitting

    May 24, 2013

  • Wilsar F.

    I'm looking forward to seeing everyone. This is my first meetup with this group!

    May 24, 2013

  • Zendra P.

    Greetings, family. I will be arriving a little late, so if someone could call or text me to let me know where the group will be seated, that would be great!! My number is 410.419.9341. Peace and blessings!!

    May 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Out of town guest cancelled

    May 24, 2013

  • T.R. G.

    Good afternoon, all: My schedule has changed so I will no longer be able to attend the film screening tonight—grrrrrr! If someone could share what comes out of the discussion concerning solidarity efforts between young Congolese and Latin American visionaries, and the ways to get involved, that would be awesome! Some of the same group will be at Howard University next week, showing some of the clips and hosting discussions about Africa and Cuba, so it looks like I’ll still be able to get in on the some of the action. Dunori, I still want to connect with you on the Cuba trip, so I’ll be in touch!

    May 24, 2013

  • Dunori V. P.

    I emailed the Congo Week fam and asked about if any sort of ticket is required for the event and they replied saying no for the screening but yes for the afterparty.

    1 · May 24, 2013

    • T.R. G.

      Thanks, Dunori. Have a lot on the schedule for this weekend, so I'll make the screening, but not the afterparty. Looking forward to seeing everyone!

      1 · May 24, 2013

  • Dunori V. P.

    If anyone attending this is interested in Cuba to an extent of wanting to visit the country this July, let me know; I sorta got the hook-up.

    May 21, 2013

    • Dunori V. P.

      Reach out to me at the screening and I'll give you more details.

      May 24, 2013

    • T.R. G.

      Thanks, Dunori!

      May 24, 2013

  • Tiwana

    I'll try my best to make it. So interested in this film. Hope to see you all there.

    1 · May 23, 2013

    • Tiwana

      May not :-)....

      May 23, 2013

    • mic

      Film is free so show up if you can

      May 24, 2013

  • Zendra P.

    Dunori, I am very interested!

    May 23, 2013

    • Dunori V. P.

      Reach out to me at the screening and I'll give you more details.

      May 24, 2013

  • taha ( Tom )

    I'm in . Got tickets for the benefit party and the screening . See' ya.

    May 24, 2013

  • Dunori V. P.

    Did anyone already RSVP at http://congoweek.org/events ? I did but didn't get an email back saying RSVP was received.

    May 23, 2013

    • Jennifer

      I RSVP'd the other day. When I clicked submit there was a little on screen message saying my RSVP had been received.

      May 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really wanted to see this film.....

    May 22, 2013

  • Dunori V. P.

    Great find mic! Thanks!

    2 · May 20, 2013

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