There will be a special screening of a recent documentary on Transnational African Methodism, Allen Report, at the University of Birmingham next Monday the 8th of May at 11am. The screening will be held in the Arts Building, Lecture Room Three. Below you will find a trailer as well as a brief description of the film. All welcome!
ALLEN REPORT: RETRACING TRANSNATIONAL AFRICAN METHODISM
Trailer in English: https://vimeo.com/178698503
This film retraces the liberation legacy of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Namibia and the United States, its place of origin. Common narratives on struggles against enslavement and apartheid are told in three different languages (English, French, Spanish) in the voices of 19 interviewees. The AME Mother Bethel Church was founded by Bishop Richard Allen in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1794, as the first protestant church ministered exclusively by former enslaved people. It became a legally incorporated denomination in 1816. Upon the request of the Haitian government, The AME sent 6,000 individuals to the island of Saint-Domingue between 1824-1826, two decades after this first Black Republic in the world came into being. The Haitian Revolution is an integral part of the history of the AME in the island and it is also crucial to note that Richard Allen was deeply involved in the logistics of this immigration, the most important one of the XIX Century in Dominican history.
In 1946, Marcus Witbooi, a descendant of anti-colonial Namibian national hero, Hendrik Witbooi, deserted the German Rhenish Mission and affiliated his congregation to the AME inspired by the historical liberation narratives and practices of this church. Later, AME members were instrumental in the liberation and independence of Namibia from South Africa.
The role of African Methodism in the Caribbean and the African continent is approached from the perspective of decolonial theory, presenting South-South narratives of liberation in the voices of their own protagonists.