Join CIR for our first-ever movie night at the CCA on December 5th. As a foreshadow of the coming CIR Global Film Series (April-May 2020), we present Another Day of Life based on the important novel of the same name by vaunted Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski. Before and after the film, we’ll hear from Todd Greentree. As the U.S. Embassy liaison to the Angolan Army from 1999 to 2002, he experienced the final phase of the 27-year civil war in Angola that is the setting for this exceptional film, a graphic novel for the screen.
Another Day of Life:
Just like the readers of the literary original, the audience will begin their journey with Kapuscinski in 1975’s Luanda, the capital of Angola. The country is in the midst of decolonization efforts, launched after the success of the Carnation Revolution. Portuguese nationals are hurriedly fleeing the more glamorous districts of Luanda. Terrified by the possibility of a full-on attack on the capital, they’re busy packing their belonging into wooden crates. Shops are closing down, law enforcement is gradually disappearing from the streets, heaps of garbage bags are slowly taking over the Angolan capital. Kapuscinski keeps sending daily cables to the Polish Press Agency from the emptying city. In the final months before the declaration of independence, different factions of the Angolan liberation movement were locked in a protracted struggle that would decide who would hold power in the coming republic. After some deliberations, Kapuscinski decides to journey to the front lines of the war. To risk his life in order to be the first journalist in the world to broadcast daily reports on the course of the conflict. On the frontlines, Kapuscinski is working under immense pressure, terror and loneliness a staple of his daily routine. Traveling through the conflict zone resembles a game of Russian roulette: even uttering the wrong greeting at a checkpoint can get him killed. The Angolan Civil War quickly stops being just another war for Kapuscinski to cover…
Todd Greentree served as an expeditionary diplomat in five wars during his three decades as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer. Currently, Dr. Greentree is a member of the Changing Character of War Centre at Oxford University, teaches in the Global and National Security Program at UNM, and presents Hot Spots: The U.S. in the World Today at the Renesan Institute for Lifelong Learning. He has also taught Strategy and Policy at the U.S. Naval War College and was a Visiting Scholar at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. His most recent article, “Strategic Failure in Afghanistan,” will appear in the forthcoming issue of The Journal of Strategic Studies, and his current writing project is The Blood of Others, a book about the wars at the end of the Cold War and what they have to do with us today.