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UDGEMEN A Diary of

a 400 year Exile

A CEDDO FILM/VIDEO

PRODUCTION WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY MENELIK SHABAZZ


Time and Judgenment links biblical prophecy with the times we are

living in, leading towards the final confrontation between the heart and money. The heart

symbolising

love and life, and money

ing greed and lust for power (Babylon).

symbolis-

A 400 year exile (The Diarist) takes us on a journey from London

Bridge through cight years: from Zimbabwe to South Africa, the Caribbean and the USA,

to Britain. The film also draws a parallel with the Italian fascism against Ethiopia (1935) and fascism in Southern Africa today, thus linking the past with the

present.

The timely voices of King Haile Selassie, Kwame Ture, Walter and Farrakhan, connect the scattered voices of the African

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The Queen of the South will rise up in Judgement with the men of this generation and condemn them; for she came from the ends of

the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, a greater than Solomon is here." (Luke 11:31)

This prophecy of Christ refers to Makeda the Queen of Sheba (Arabia) and Ethiopia who preceded Christ by 982 years. It refers to a future time. The Queen is symbolic of EthiopialAlrica that will rise up in Judgement. After 400 years of oppression the Israelites rose up with the rod of Moses and passed judgement against Pharoah in

Fypt. The Queen of the South is Ethiopia/Africa who will rise up and condemn

Babylon. Oucen JuÂŤlgement symbolises divine truth and righteousness, with the awesome power o punishment and gentility symbolized through the lion and the lamb. ln he judgement chamber Queen Judgement sits before the Scales of Justice. The heart is weighed against money. The heart, symbol of love and righteousness, is weak. Money, the symbol of greed, dominates. Planet carth has become captive to the god of oney. Qucen Judgement calls the Timekeeper (the recorder and keeper of carth's hislory) lo assist her in the final call (a warning) to the people of earth. The Timekeepxr is sent to carth and manifests through man, who after eight symbolic years l s o Queen Judgement, who in turn knows that earth needs divine assistance: l sends oul the tire of judgement against Babylon and stretches forth to raise and nylhon the heart.


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have been physically separated from Africa. Looking out from London Bridge, a symbol of the middle passage and slave trade, the Diarist recounts the last eight years.

Beginning

in

1980,

we

observe the victory

celebrations of the

newly independent Zimbabwe and move through the years to Southern Africa, the Caribbean, the USA

and finally Britain,

highlighting specific

events during these years. We (rejencounter Farrakhan,

Kwame Ture and Walter Rodney on our journey. The Diarist observes the signs of the fall of Babylon and the rise of truth and justice. Time and Judgement signifies the movement of time where events seem tO OCcur

in a vacuum.

However, the film shows that there is a continuity in the ex periences of Black people throughout the

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world and in history. It asks the viewer to reflect ... to connect.


The Wall... Other dimensions are touched on in the use of dramatic sketches, poctry and music. They symbolise the day-lo-day struggle where the pressures of life get rough. The wall is symbolic as a recorder of history

and an immovable force in time, yet subject to change

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Victor Romero Evans

Nefertiti Gayle Anum lyapo


loacommodate political and economic forces (see the

lphone). elore this wall, individuals make pronouncements n the events of this time and we sce the attempts, ilher through technology or person to person conIontalion, of individuals attempting to resolve their

poblems. At the root is MONEY MONEY MONEY: bul we are 'Coming in from the Cold'.

Frederick Williams

Augola Wynter

Honjamin Lepnaniah


Time and Judgement CAST QUEEN JUDGEMENT TIME KEEPER

.DORIS HARPER-WILLS .THOMAS PINNOCK

MESSIENGERS

.ANITA BREVELD

PRINCE ALBERT MORGAN

GUEST ARTISTS

.VICTOR ROMERO EVANS BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH ANGELA WYNTER JANET KAY

NEFERTITI GAYLE ANUM IYAPO FREDERICK WILILIAMS CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS ..KEITH PIPER SHAKKA DEDI KEN McCALLA

ANUM IYAPO BERNETTE HALL DAWN TAYLOR MICHAEL KWAME ACQUAYE S DESTA

JAHLISHA I ISRAEL CAMERA

..ROY S CORNWALL

VUSI CHALLENGER

SEBASTIAN SHAHI CAMERA ASSISTANTS... GRIPS

..... IAN WATTS SHANGARA SINGH . . MICK DUFFIELD

GLYN FIELDINGG

SOUND

...GLENN UJEBE MASOKOANE LAI NGAN WALSH

ASSISTANT DIRECTORS . . . .DADA IMAROGBE MILTON BRYAN

COSTUME...

....CLARINDA SALANDY ELMINA D DAVIS

PRODUCTION MANAGER

....JUNE REID

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

RESEARCH ... MUSIC

.SANDRA ECCLESTON KARLENE CEPHINIS ..CECIL GUTZMORE ..COSMO BEN-IMHOTEP

.

..

EDITOR PRODUCER DIRECTOR

PUBLICITY.

KEITH LAKHAN GLENN UJEBE MASOKOANE

..MENELIK SHABAZZ .... POSITIVE PUBLICITY

The Black Art Ciallery. I.ondon Borough of Haringey Community Allairs Department: AIDING (EDDO. AIDING THIE ARTS

Special Thanks

TIHANK YOU TO TIIE FOLLOWING ORGANISATIONS AND INIIVIDUALS GARVEY-RODNEY ARCHIVE AND ACTION CENTRE 1ACKNEY BLACK PEOPI.E'S ASSOCIATION YAA ASANTEWA CENTRE AFRICANCARIBBEAN RESOURCE CENTRE AUTOMEDIA IMRUI1 BAKARI

PITIKA NTULI ISSA MANDINGO

SISTER NETIFA

WEST INDIAN CUI.TURAL. CENTRE


Mnelik Shabazz

BIOGRAPHY l in St. John, Barados, Menelik Shabazz w

lives and works in

LOnon as an indepenlnt limaker. He lpan his lilmmaking i n 1976 with a 30 e documenlary enled Step Forward outh. 78 Directed Break-

ing Point for ATV Come i a l Television.

CEDDO FILM/VIDEO WORKSHOP

Wrote and d t e d Burning an I1-

CEDDO was formed in 1982 by a group of

usion, his first feature lnyh lilm.

film/video practitioners who were concerned about reconstructing and redefining ways of see-

81P'roduced the

ing Black people.

A Go Run

Based in the North London Borough of Haringey

Menelik together with

which has a large Black population and strong

o l newsreel Blood

Iw other independent imakers started

Kmb P'roductions, i d in 1983 he worked Oducer on I Am ' Not Two Islands.

lounler of CEDDO

sense of community, the Norkshop offers a space where

we can

begin

to draw

on our own

diverse cultural backgrounds to produce Black images that are reflective of Black experiences. As well as Film and Video production, CEDDO is engaged in TRAINING EXHIBITION and EDUCA-

l/Vileo Workshop

TIONAL activities. The courses are primarily

lnveral of their

technical and provide a range of skills in film and video making.

Menelik has been involv-

l , as Producer on

teet Warriors (1985)

T h e Peoples Ac 1986). Time & Judgement

u c d by CEDDO,

akMenelik's return WIly;

ilnd direcling.

The EXHIBITION and SEMINAR programmes are structured to encourage discussions on representation, cinema and general media practices. This forum has also been used to host seminar debates with independent filmmakers on contemporary Black cinema.


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Kenneth McCalla

OBAALA (Organisation for Black Arts Advancement & Learning Activities is a pioneering agent in the promotion of

Afrikan-Caribbean

creative

expression through visual arts. OBAALA founded and runs The Black-Art Gallery... (the nly one of its kind in Britain)

presenting

quality works in

painting sculpture, printmaking, photography, mixed media and

installation. Also, we run a ful Educational& Live Arts Programme, plus a lively cultural Book& Crafts shop.

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Time and Judgement (1988) Programme Booklet  

This is the original programme booklet for 'Time and Judgement' directed by Menelik Shabazz containing synopsis and a explanation of the sym...

Time and Judgement (1988) Programme Booklet  

This is the original programme booklet for 'Time and Judgement' directed by Menelik Shabazz containing synopsis and a explanation of the sym...

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