Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Events

  • Comrade President
  • Film
  • 4/11/2014
  • 12:00-13:30
  • Spencer Museum of Art
  • Host: Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center (EGARC), KU Libraries, Center for Global and International Studies, Economics, University Honors Program
Event Description
In the 1930s, Samora Moisés Machel was a boy in a Mozambican village who was initiated into thestruggle for the independence of his country, through his own experiences with Portuguese colonialism.With vigor and charisma, he rose to become a daring military strategistand a psychologically resourceful leader. However, the independence of Mozambique alone was not enough as his country could not survive with racist Rhodesia and Apartheid South Africa as neighbors. This was a difficult situation requiring difficult solutions, some of which tarnished his legacy. After helping the Zimbabweans to achieve their independence, Samora decided to go for apartheid South Africa, which had the strongest military on the African continent. Although he enjoyed popular support from his people and his colleagues
in government, the war with apartheid South Africa was one he found himself fighting alone.