Thomas Sankara - The Upright Man
A Documentary on the rise and fall of Africa’s ‘Che’ Thomas Sankara, a must watch.
Thomas Sankara rose to power in a popularly supported coup in 1983 and renamed his country to Burkina Faso, “Land of Upright Men” and launched the most ambitious program for social and economic change ever attempted in Africa.
Sankara: a new African power (1986)
- Jean-Phillipe Rapp: Given your situation, if a big power withdraws its aid, this could cause you serious problems. This would be true, for example, in the case of France, the United States, the Soviet Union, and other Western countries.
- Thomas Sankara: It is precisely for this reason that we must fight against imperialism and its manifestations. From imperialism's point of view it is more important to dominate us culturally than militarily. Cultural domination is more flexible, more effective, and less costly. This is why we say that to overturn the regime in Burkina Faso you don't need to bring in heavily armed mercenaries. You just need to forbid the importation of champagne, lipstick, and nail polish.
Our struggle to defend the trees and the forest is first and foremost a democratic struggle that must be waged by the people. The sterile and expensive excitement of a handful of engineers and forestry experts will accomplish nothing! Nor can the tender consciences of a multitude of forums and institutions — sincere and praiseworthy though they may be — make the Sahel green again, when we lack the funds to drill wells for drinking water just a hundred meters deep, and money abounds to drill oil wells three thousand meters deep!
As Karl Marx said, those who live in a palace do not think about the same things, nor in the same way, as those who live in a hut. This struggle to defend the trees and the forest is above all a struggle against imperialism. Imperialism is the pyromaniac setting fire to our forests and savannah.
—Thomas Sankara, Save Our Trees, Our Environment, Our Lives
Sankara was THE PERFECT MAN!!
He was decades in advance on his time.