„Watch us die.“ Must see: „The March“ by David Wheatley, UK 1990

Der MarschJust discovered this visionary movie from 1990. A five-year drought has brought people in North-East Africa to starvation, leaving them with the choice of death or Europe. When Irish EU Commissioner for International Development, „Clare Fitzgerald“ (Juliet Stevenson) meets their leader „Isa el-Mahdi“ (Malick Bowens), he tells her that it takes 50 dollars a year to keep one of them alive. „I have heard that you in Europe spend 200 dollars to feed your cats. Let us come to your homes and be your cats. It will be cheaper.“ His message is as simple as it is powerful:

We are poor because you are rich.

As they march across Libyia and Algeria to Morocco, their numbers grow to a quarter of a million. Meanwhile, the Commissioner does all she can to find solutions: letting a limited number of them into Europe as a steam valve, a Marshall Plan for Africa. But the walls of ‚Fortress Europe‘ are already in place in the heads of European politicians. At the same time the Afroamerican US presidential candidate „Marcus Brown“ (Joseph Mydell) tries to radicalise the marchers and stages them on TV to utilize them for his campaign.

At the end of the movie, the marchers set accross the Strait of Gibraltar in hundreds of small boats, landing on a tourist beach in Spain where they are met by armed military. 25 years later, El-Mahdi’s words are more powerful than ever:

We believe that when you see us before you, you will not let us die. That is why we come to Europe. If you will not help us, there is nothing more we can do. We will die, and you will watch us die, and may God have mercy on us all.

When „The March“ was first shown on German television in May 1990, it was followed by a discussion in which the movie was critized for being too pessimistic. Even though the news immediately before the sceening had reported on yet another boat with 300 African refugees arriving in Italy that day. For the link to Ghandi’s 1930 „Salt March“ to protest British colonial rule in India, for the contrast to Jean Raspail’s dystopian 1973 French novel „The Camp of the Saints“ and for an optimistic view of where Europe stands today, see the blog post va Laurence Jarvik (20.11.2015).

„The March“ was directed by David Wheatley and produced by the BBC. It is available on DVD and on Youtube.

2 Kommentare

  1. vg (Beitrags-Autor)

    Hi Greg,

    I agree it’s hard to understand why the BBC is hiding this movie which remains so highly topical.

    I don’t agree on the BBC being a „propoganda organisation“. I am convinced that public service media that we all mandate, pay and control are our only chance against the surge of propaganda.

    „The March“ has been released on DVD. Here’s one source: https://www.lehmanns.de/shop/literatur/33483433-4260080324663-der-marsch-1-dvd


    PS. The link to Greg’s post: https://gl-w.com/2015/08/21/the-march-you-were-warned-in-the-book-in-1972-the-film-1990/

  2. Greg_L-W

    it is sad that the BBC has displayed its bias and propaganda aims by pretending it has withdrawn this prescient movie from any public circulation having shown it only once in 1990.

    It does seem that the BBC as a corrupt propoganda organisation funded by an enforced tax has decided to suppress the fact that this movie has become so very representative of the facts today!

    Clearly the truth does not suit the extreme PC propaganda & bias of the BBC and in this case its censorship is thinly cloaked in the implausible claim that this well made and well acted movie that they never show is protected by copywrite, so also are the 1,000s of other movies that are in circulation that they hold copyright on!

    This excellent movie would seem never to have been available as a DVD unlike almost every insignificant BBC program that suits their propaganda.

    see: https://wordpress.com/post/gl-w.com/2555

    IF anyone has or can supply a DVD of this excellent movie please feel free to contact me – my contact details are readily available on the internet.


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