Film Screening: The Upright Man

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The Upright Man explores the life of Thomas Sankara, an African revolutionary and politician and president of Burkina Faso in the 1980s.

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As part of Global Debt Week, we are hosting a film screening and discussion of The Upright Man, which explores the life of Thomas Sankara, an African revolutionary and politician who served as president of Burkina Faso in the 1980s. The screening takes place on Sankara's anniversary - he was assassinated in a Coup d'État on 15th October 1987.

As well as progressive positions on gender equality and the environment, Sankara achieved complete self-sufficiency for Burkino Faso by the end of his presidency.

While talking about the debt crisis in 1980s Africa he said, “those who led us into debt were gambling, as if they were in a casino...They gambled. They lost... We cannot repay the debt because we have nothing to pay it with. We cannot repay the debt because it is not our responsibility”. His condemnation of illegitimate debts is just as applicable today as ever.

Dr. Andy Storey, Assistant Professor, School of Politics and International Relations, UCD, will join us to provide an introduction to the political context at the time.

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