Shades of Freedom (1991)

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  • Featuring

    Stuart Hall

  • Country

    United Kingdom

  • Year


  • Type


  • Category

    Non Fiction


The final programme in the series on the history and culture of the Caribbean. Over 500 years, the people of the Caribbean have endured enslavement, colonialism and conquest. Dependence on tourism and foreign investors has led to the near-disappearance of agriculture and corruption and dealing in arms and drugs are rife. Stuart Hall examines the future prospects for the area in a personal search which takes him on a visit to his 100 year-old aunt, Geraldine Hall, who still teaches maths in the hut beside her house as she has done for the last 80 years. He also visits the illegal ganja fields in Trindad and the overgrown estate where his mother lives, and talks to Jamaica's Prime Minister Michael Manley who discusses his ideas on Caribbean survival in an interdependent world.

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