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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

COUNTDOWN: Mwalimu: The Legacy of Julius Kambarage Nyerere - Showing Tomorrow Wed 28th Oct at 8.45 pm Venue: Edinburgh, Filmhouse

Today's Date: 27/10/2009

Mwalimu: The Legacy of Julius Kambarage Nyerere

UK Premiere Book online

By Lekoko Piniel Ole Livilal

Tanzania 2009 52m BetaSP English and Swahili with English subtitles Rating 15 Doc


Showing Wed 28th Oct at 8.45 pm
Venue: Filmhouse

In Tanzania today, Julius Kambarage Nyerere is warmly referred to as "Baba wa Taifa" – the "Father of the Nation". This documentary recognises Nyerere's leadership in the struggle that brought independence to the Tanzania mainland territory of Tanganyika in 1961; then in 1964 brought into being the union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar which established the United Republic of Tanzania. During his years as Head of State, President Nyerere's political and intellectual leadership reinforced his reputation as "Mwalimu" or "Teacher". He firmly placed Tanzania at the heart of the Southern Africa liberation struggle which culminated in the end of apartheid and the establishment of a democratic government in South Africa. During his retirement he championed the cause of the Southern countries and influenced the transformation of Tanzania from a one-party state to multi-party politics. In this one-hour documentary various individuals across different generations, including members of his immediate family, discuss how he is remembered and the ideas that define his legacy. October 2009 is the ten-year anniversary of the death of this remarkable African leader, who also had a direct connection to Edinburgh through obtaining a masters degree in history and economics at the University of Edinburgh in 1952.

We are pleased to have Tanzanian filmmaker Lekoko Piniel Ole Livilal present to discuss the film with the audience after the screening. His attendance at the festival is generously sponsored by the University of Edinburgh's Centre of African Studies; the University's International Office; and the Tanzania High Commission in London.

A high-level event commemorating the life of Julius Nyerere is to be held at the University of Edinburgh on 9th November 2009. The event marks ten years since Mwalimu's death, and sixty years since he enrolled at the University to undertake his studies.

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