Film producer, director, scholar pays Freedom Day courtesy call on President

Georgetown, GINA, August 1, 2013

Producer, director, writer and television host Dr. Tukufu Zuberi presented a copy of his film “African Independence” a portrayal of the African heritage and movement for freedom and liberation that will premiere locally tomorrow.

The presentation was made as Dr Zuberi  paid a courtesy call on the Guyanese Head of State in the company of Minister of Culture Youth and Sport Dr Frank Anthony and Director of the African Cultural and Development Association (ACDA) Dr. Eric Phillips.

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi presents a copy of his film “African Independence” to President Donald Ramotar with Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Dr Frank Anthony looking on

Aside from tomorrow’s screening at the  Theatre Guild Playhouse from 17:00hrs Dr. Zuberi, an eleven-year host of the PBS programme History Detectives has also been invited under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport to participate in a workshop for local film makers.

The founder to TZ Production Company said he is elated to be in Guyana for such an occasion that coincided with the 175th anniversary of the abolition of slavery and emancipation of enslaved Africans and the 50th anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity.

 

The Oakland California native discussed with President Ramotar and team a wide range of issues pertaining to history and present day occurrences and the task ahead to create a better world.

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi presents a copy of his film “African Independence” to President Donald Ramotar in the presence of Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Dr Frank Anthony and a team from ACDA that includes Director Dr. Eric Phillips.

With today being Emancipation Day, Dr. Zuberi said, “I’m very happy to be here to participate in the festivities today and I look forward to learning from my brothers and sisters here in Guyana.”

Dr. Zuberi was born Antonio McDaniel in the 1970s and changed his name to Tukufu Zuberi, in his quest to identify and make a connection with the “motherland.”

 

“We (pan-Africans) have this old idea that we need to identify with Africa, philosophically, ideologically and culturally as a way of reviving our own sense of self, not that we have to go back to Africa physically or we have to rename ourselves as I personally did,  but that we do need to embrace a sense of African humanity,” he said in an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA).

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