Every Cook Can Govern

Saturday 22 October, 13.30 - 15.30 , Cinema 2 Festival Attractions


Every Cook Can Govern is the first feature length documentary to explore the life, writings and politics of the great Trinidad-born revolutionary CLR James, who died in Brixton in 1989. Epic in scope, the film interweaves exclusive, never-before-seen footage of CLR James with unique testimony from those he knew and the world’s most eminent scholars of his life, works and politics. From colonialism to cricket, from Marxism to the movies, from slavery to Shakespeare – James’ ideas, we learn, were shaped by a voracious love of reading and belief in mankind as history makers. Crowd-funded, crowd-featured and crowd-filmed, this unique production lifts the lid on the life of a tireless, fearless and uncompromising revolutionary.

Launched to great acclaim this year, comments include:
“I would encourage everyone to see Every Cook Can Govern. And let CLR James be your guide: you will have a world to discover, and there is no better source that I know of in doing so than this labour of love from the makers of what is truly a heroic, magnificent work of art!’ Professor Robert A Hill, Literary Executor of CLR James

“Every Cook Can Govern is a stunning contribution to the documentary genre; not just majestic in the breadth and depth of its portrayal of CLR’s political life and works, but also a refreshing testament to the power of the collective in the production and presentation of the film.” Eve Kay, Executive Producer, 7Wonder

The film was produced by the education charity WORLDwrite and its citizen TV station WORLDbytes with over 200 volunteers, and directed and edited by Ceri Dingle and Rob Harris. The film will be introduced by Selwyn R Cudjoe, Professor of Africana Studies, Wellesley College, Massachusetts and author of CLR James: His Intellectual Legacies.

A portal to accompany the film with reviews, timeline and rare archive including the security files on CLR James is available at www.clrjames.uk