Film: “The Past is Not Our Future” + evening with the Director, Professor Matthew J. Smith
April 26 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pmFree
The Binghamton University Sociology Department and the Bundy Museum of History and Art proudly presents a screening of “The Past is Not Our Future” and an evening with the film’s director, Professor Matthew J. Smith of the University of the West Indes (Mona Campus, Jamaica). Professor Smith is the Chair of the Department of History and Archaeology at University of the West Indes (Mona Campus, Jamaica)
The event will be held on Thursday, April 26, 4:30-6pm in the Bundy Museum Annex Theatre. Doors open at 4pm.
The film documents the early life and intellectual development at the UWI of one of the Caribbean’s most iconic voices, Walter Rodney. Equally, the film is a tribute to the Caribbean during the pivotal early years of the 1960s when it was breaking free from colonialism and grappling with the meaning of independence.
The film takes an unconventional approach to its subject. More than a biography, it is a distillation of the making of a revolutionary figure during a key moment of revolutionary awakening in the Americas. To do this, the film draws on texts written by Rodney as a student at the UWI, many of which have only been recovered during research for the project. Rodney’s words form a narrative thread throughout the film and are read in voiceover by a young Guyanese student of the UWI, Mr. Johann Waldron.
Walter Rodney was a Professor at Binghamton University. He was assassinated by the Guyanese state in 1980.