HAPI FILM presents a snapshot of black economic history spanning from the dawn of civilization to today.
It begins by investigating the failure of a ‘consumption driven black economy’, systematic poverty, disenfranchisement and the decline of entrepreneurship.
Kush Films, the UK’s leading exhibition and marketing company of black films, has joined forces with African-American film director Taaqiy Grant and his HAPI Movement to release his essential new ‘black economics’ documentary film.
The film will have its UK online premiere on August 28 at 7.30pm with subsequent screenings on September 3 and 6, (7.00pm) and (5.30pm) respectively.
This empowering, detailed and beautifully produced documentary film is timely with the recent uprisings and awakening after the George Floyd police killing as well as the global call from prominent black community figures for black people to unite economically, recognise their spending power and support targeted days where people only spend their money with black businesses which resonated on social media with the hashtags #blackpoundday #blackdollar #dontspendapenny and others.
The underlying theme of the film is the interrelationship between the three essential components of economics, politics and culture.
The creatives behind the film have brought together some of the brightest minds in psychology, history, and business to explore the “Big Picture”— the history of world economic development and present socio – economic conditions.
Some of the cast include: Dr. Leonard Jeffries, Dr. Boyce Watkins, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Dr. Zahi Hawass, Professor James Smalls, Jabari Osaze and more.
Hapi is the earliest known name for the principle the Ancient Egyptians described as the Nile River. The film begins by exploring the role of the Nile River and its importance in the development of the economic and political foundation of civilization.
A spokesperson said: “Our goal is to spread economic literacy – essentially creating a dialogue that will enable those to become financially astute.
“Hapi offers economic solutions that are obtainable and easily implemented. Additionally, it’s important to note how politics impacts us economically and then understand how they work in conjunction.
“Hapi isn’t just a lesson in history; it is a tool that can be applied to your everyday life.
“Hapi is more than just a film, it’s “a movement of economic literacy”.
UK Premiere Date: August 28, 2020
Tickets: £15 (£12 early bird) for premiere & £12 for the two other screenings.
Event: Film + Q&A with cast/Director & Special Live Performance by Mikel Ameen (brother of actor Aml Ameen)
Subsequent screenings: September 3/6 (7.00pm) & (5.30pm)
Again with special after-film Live Performances and Q&A’s.
Performing Artiste: Jordan Thomas and American Marlon Saunders
For tickets visit: www.iluvblackfilms.com