Indie filmmaker, Brandi Webb, brings charges to indict the U.S government in her experimental documentary entitled “Betrayal of a Nation”
New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — In an experimental documentary, indie filmmaker Brandi Webb has indicted the U.S. government on charges that hold it accountable for crimes committed against citizens of color. These crimes date back to the beginning of American history up to present day. Errol Louis, Amy Goodman, Akeem Browder, Ajamu Baraka, Gwen Carr, Korey Wise, Dr. Lenora Fulani, Mysonne Linen and several other activists provide real life interviews that serve as supporting evidence throughout the trial. Ms. Webb has launched a crowdfunding campaign along with a highly-charged, emotional trailer, to help raise her goal of $15,000 to complete her film project entitled, Betrayal of a Nation.
The documentary project, is centered around a scripted, heightened trial, in which an ambitious prosecutor for the People goes head to head with a defense attorney for the U.S. Government. The attorneys dispute the government’s involvement in slavery, the destruction of Black Wall Street, the execution of African-American leaders, a failed education and criminal justice system, and poverty. Betrayal of a Nation is a hybrid film that blends together the traditional elements of documentary and narrative films. Ms. Webb has labeled the project a Narrative Documentary.
Currently, 80% of the film is complete, but additional expenses are required in order to complete the entire film.
Donations can be made, and the public can view the trailer and information about the film at www.gofundme.com/bon-com. Any contributions of $1,500 or more will receive executive producer credit. Betrayal of a Nation is expected to be completed by fall of this year, however, the campaign will continue until Ms. Webb reaches her fundraising goal and has completed the project.
“Betrayal of a Nation is a powerful indictment on America!” stated Charles Barron, New York State Assembly Member of the 60th District, whom also makes an appearance in the documentary. “Reparations is the defining issue of the 21st century. Betrayal of a Nation must be produced and completed.”
Jenesis Scott, co-writer of of the film, commented, “Betrayal of a Nation is unlike any other film. It not only documents history but also provides solutions for the future. Completing this film is absolutely necessary in the fight against injustice. It not only gets to the root of the problems, but it gives us a guide on how to do something about it.”
Following the 2016 murders of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling by police officers, Ms. Webb became overwhelmed with emotion and was frustrated with the countless acquittals and non- indictments of these police officers, throughout the nation. She created Betrayal of a Nation in an effort to educate and explore what actual justice in America might look like in the form of storytelling.
For more information about Brandi Webb or her production company, visit www.yet2evolve.com
Common Council President Ashanti Hamiltonwill take part in a panel discussion tonight (Tuesday, May 1) following a screening of the documentary film MILWAUKEE 53206.
The free screening – hosted by the Salvation Army of Milwaukee County – willbe held at 6 p.m.in the 1stDistrict at the Salvation Army Citadel Worship & Community Center, 4129 W. Villard Ave.
MILWAUKEE 53206 chronicles the lives of individuals living in the ZIP code with the highest percentage incarceration rate of Black men in America, up to 62%. Through the intimate stories of three 53206 residents, viewers witness the high toll mass incarceration takes on individuals and families in the community. The film not only examines Milwaukee’s ZIP code 53206 but also illuminates the story of people from across the United States who are impacted daily by mass incarceration.
“The systematic incarceration rate for Black men in the 53206 zip code and across Milwaukee has impacted thousands of families, and MILWAUKEE 53206 brings that raw reality for us to deal with and stop the school-to-prison pipeline that currently exists,” President Hamilton said. “I am looking forward to taking part in tonight’s discussion of this important film and launching a Community Covenant in the very near future to address this issue.”
Joining President Hamilton for the panel discussion and audience Q and A will be:
-John Chisholm, Milwaukee County District Attorney
-Charlie Roozen, Milwaukee Public Defender
-Lewis Lee, 53206 resident and formerly incarcerated
-Gwen Prose, Yale University Criminal Justice Research Department, Director
-Moderator: Dennis Walton, Founder of Made Men Worldwide
For more information about MILWAUKEE 53206and to view the trailer, visit: milwaukee53206.com.
On March 6, Netflix award-winning director Jonny Von Wallström is premiering his new documentary series The Confused African exclusively on YouTube. It is a story about identity, music and corruption in Uganda. Featuring Ugandan artist and TV personality Ken Daniels and well-known rapper Navio who uses music to speak about the countries issues.
In 2017, Ugandan was ranked among the top 25 countries with escalating corruption by the Transparency International Uganda (TIU) report. Ken and Navio are two creative artists who care deeply about what’s happening in the country. In the series, they explore culture, talks politics, and are using music to help make a change.
Ken Daniels is a nomad who has lived his whole life in western countries such as The United States and Sweden. He is a well-known Ugandan Hip Hop/ R&B musician and music critic who has for a long time sung under the music act ‘Swahili Nation’.
It started out in 1992 when he joined Swahili Nation that was formed in the 90’s by Kenyan brothers called Muturi. A couple of years ago, he decided to move back to Uganda because he felt responsible and wanted to ba a part of the change that was happening in the country.
What it is like to leave your mother country?
“It is tough to come to a new country, whether it is Sweden, Uganda or The United States. You have to learn the language and adapt to the society. For me, it was tough to move to The U.S and Sweden, but it was also tough to move back to Uganda after all those years away,” he says.
He has not been living in the country for a long time, and now he share his story of what it is like to come back.
“I think that my political view and world view have changed since I left Uganda. There is a diﬀerence between The United States and Uganda in many ways. Good and bad.”
“What I have realised is that Uganda is not what it used to be. Today, Uganda is in a very good place, the Infrastructure and the whole society is improving. In 5 years, I think it will be a big diﬀerence if you compare to now. I also feel like many more people are willing to fight for the right to speak up and change things. It was in a diﬀerent way before. Back in the days, people did not do that.”
Navio is using his music to make a change
As a side story to Ken, we also get to follow Daniel Lubwana Kigozi, known as Navio. He is a well-known Ugandan rapper who started his career when being a part of the award-winning group Klear Kut. Today, he is best known for his hits “Ngalo”, “One & Only” and “Bugumo”.
Navio are using music for his freedom of speech. He has written songs about corruption, and in the documentary he talks about his point of view on the economically situation and the fact that Uganda is suﬀering very badly. We get to follow him in Uganda, but also in a studio in Sweden where to records a new single. The whole documentary series will be available for free on YouTube, starting March 6, on www.youtube.com/creativenorthtv