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Walter Rodney, a historian and activist in the anti-colonial movement, was considered subversive and a threat to British interests. Murdered in 1980 in Guyana by the government, it took 41 years for the Guyanese government to acknowledge the role of the state in his murder. From Guyana, to Barbados, Jamaica, Tanzania, the United States and the United Kingdom, WALTER RODNEY: WHAT THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW traces the life of this activist. Filmmakers Daniyal Harris-Vajda and Arlen Harris tell the story of a man who is little known to the general public and who still inspires social movements today.


With Dr. Patricia Rodney and Arlen Harris in attendance

In cooperation with Global South Studies Center, Friedensbildungswerk Köln, Theodor Wonja Michael Bibliothek, Stadt Köln - Amt für Europa und Internationales & Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung NRW

WALTER RODNEY: WHAT THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW Direction: Daniya Harris-Vajda, Arlen Harris, DCP, OmeU, 72 min


Arlen Harris

Father-son duo Daniyal Harris-Vajda and Arlen Harris directed the film WALTER RODNEY: WHAT THEY DON'T WANT TO KNOW. With over 30 years' experience, Arlen Harris works as an award-winning broadcaster in press, television and radio, mainly for British television. His reporting on segregation in the army was instrumental in ending segregation in the elite regiments that guarded the Queen. He filmed alongside pirates in the South China Sea, in Beirut and Sri Lanka during the civil war, and covered the war in Iraq. With Dr. Patricia Rodney, he is invited to AFFK 2023 to discuss the film WALTER RODNEY.

Dr. Patricia Rodney

Dr. Patricia Rodney has lived and worked in Guyana, Barbados, UK, Tanzania, Canada, and the USA, later on in Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Botswana, Lesotho and South Africa. As a seasoned public health professional, her career spans the disciplines of health, adult education, literacy, social work, women, gender and development. During her academic career, she has published several peer reviewed articles as well as her research “The Caribbean State, Health Care and Women: An Analysis of Barbados and Grenada 1979-1983”, Africa World Press,1998. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Morehouse School of Medicine and the CEO of The Walter Rodney Foundation established by the Rodney Family in 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia.