The South African Communist Party, at its congress in Boksburg, (…) honoured the London Recruits with its Special Recognition Award. Ken Keable went to the congress, as a guest, to accept the award on behalf of all the Recruits and was introduced by Ronnie Kasrils.
The NUT Annual Conference gave time and support to the new London Recruits Film that is to be released soon. A book signing session sold copies of the London Recruits book and a bucket collection raised £2000+ towards the film production costs.
The London Recruits Film Team offers their thanks:
Ronnie Kasrils is a former South African Freedom Fighter and then Minister. He worked with the London Recruits in the struggle to overthrow apartheid.
Over 1000 delegates were in the assembly hall at the end of a morning’s session of the NUT Annual Conference, when the London Recruits trailer was played alongside a message of thanks from Ronnie Kasrils.
There was a bucket collection to assist with film funds, representative of the incredible support for the London Recruits film project from the labour movement and unions including the NUT who have really got behind it.
Film maker James Barrett said “We are as ever indebted for their support and encouragement.”
Newham Teachers’ Association Secretary, Peter Smith, helped organise the event alongside Gordon Main, film maker. Kevin Courtney, NUT General Secretary supported the event.
Brilliant feature film coming soon. The sensational story of the young women and men who undertook missions for the ANC during the bleakest years of the apartheid regime.
The latest trailer video from the London Recruits Film Team:
Newham Teachers’ Association, the NUT and the TUC have all supported the production of this film through publicity and donations.
Peter Smith, NTA Secretary, was a London Recruit.
From: Peter Smith [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 15 March 2017 20:49
Subject: FW: Kalushi
My name is Wale Ojo and I am responsible for the screening of KALUSHI at the British Film institute on the 6th April 2017. I saw the film at the Film Africa festival in November last year and was immediately struck by its potency and beauty. I immediately made plans for the film to be featured at the premier venue for cinema in the country, namely the National Film theatre at the British Film institute. I am on a steering committee at the BFI called the AFRICAN ODYSSEYS and we are responsible for putting on films of educational content for an eager and demanding audience.
Please feel free to spread the word to all you know. I have included a poster of the film and here is a booking link “Kalushi” . Please note that booking for seats will be available from March 14th.
I look forward to seeing you on the 6th April for what promises to be a cinematic and landmark event.
This video was shown at the 2016 NUT Annual Divisional Secretaries briefing at Stoke Rochford. Peter Smith addressed the meeting indicating that not only was he proud to be a London Recruit but also proud to be a member of the National Union of Teachers, the first British Trade Union to make a donation to the film project.
We have received the following appeal from SERTUC:
“London Recruits – an anti-apartheid story
Funding required… The inspirational story of the women and men who joined the struggle against apartheid, London Recruits is a film that trade unionists as well as union branches and regions can help bring to the big screen. Full info here http://londonrecruits.com/ ”
Frances O’Grady, TUC General Secretary, and Christine Blower, NUT General Secretary have joined other prominent trade unionists from the UK movement to explain their support for the London Recruits film and show why it is vital to bring this story to the big screen.