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China Discussion Group - Film Screening Freedom Railway

When: Thursday, April 9, 2015, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Center for Marxist Education • 550 Mass. Ave. • 2nd floor • Cambridge

In the early 1960’s, the new landlocked country of Zambia had a problem: it
could only export copper through the white settler regimes of Rhodesia and
Mozambique. Solution: build a railway 1200 miles to a port in
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on the Indian Ocean. The British and the US had
said it couldn't be done -- but with help from China, the African countries
constructed the longest railway in Subsaharan Africa at that time. The film
(45 min) by Felix Greene describes the construction of the railway, an
outstanding example of Third World/developing country solidarity in the
global South. The film will be followed by discussion including China's
trade relations today in Africa in general and Nigeria in particular.

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