Through the documentary "70: Remembering a Revolution," it is now possible to visit, or revisit, a time of upheaval in Trinidad and Tobago when enthused and heated demonstrators pumped clinched fists to chants of "Power to the people!"
The film about the Black Power Movement and the 1970 protests that rocked the twin-island nation will be shown on Thursday in Brooklyn.
The free event - which will include the screening and a panel discussion - will start at 5 p.m. at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 85 South Oxford St.
Stephen Cadiz, Trinidad and Tobago's minister of trade and industry, produced the documentary about the island nation's Black Power Movement and the long-lasting impact of three months of protests that encouraged Afro-Trinidadians, troubled the Eric Williams government and the white establishment, and sparked a state of emergency.
Protest participant Makandal Daaga - now Trinidad and Tobago's cultural ambassador to the Caribbean Community of Nations (Caricom) - Temple University history Prof. Harvey Neptune, former Transport Workers Union Local 100 President Roger Toussaint and Cadiz will participate in a panel discussion following the screening.
A spokesman for the Caribbean Awareness Committee, which is sponsoring the screening, said film is being shown to address "a silence and lack of critical discourse that has surrounded the 1970 revolution in Trinidad and Tobago," which was influenced by the civil rights and Black Power movements in the U.S.
The documentary, directed by Alex de Verteuil and Elizabeth Topp, explores the roots of the rebellion, in which students, unemployed young people, workers and some members of the nation's military challenged the status quo in Trinidad and Tobago.
For information, call the committee at (718) 233-3274. For more about the film, visit www.70themovie.com.