If Tamara is able to raise the money, she and her husband will travel to Africa in February to meet with people there for the express purpose of starting the new Anti-Body Co-op. Remember, 10% of the purchase price of each DVD sold goes to Anti-Body’s Co-op Startup Fund! Purchase it online from FilmBaby or Fuller Bookstore Online. You can also donate directly to Anti-Body, for travel expenses or startup costs, by going to the movie’s website.
Archive for January, 2008
It’s raining, but we’re going to have a crowd tonight. Thanks everyone for RSVPing! See you at the Historic Castle Green soon…
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Togo is a tiny country in West Africa bordering Ghana in the west, Benin in the east and Burkina Faso in the north. It’s a little smaller than West Virginia. Per capita income in 2006 was $350 (ouch!). Politically the country has seen assassinations and coups all the way back to 1963, but mostly ending in 2005 with a stable government and aid pouring in from many foreign nations. Currently the government is elected and has settled decades-long power struggles. The people of Togo have not benefited just yet from this new peace, although things are beginning to change. Lome, the capital (on the Southern coast), was long a major regional trading center in West Africa; now, it is beginning to regain some of that status — although aid and development lay dormant for decades because of the political unrest. Depressed pricing for many of Togo’s main crops (cocoa, coffee, etc.) as well as seasonal issues (drought, flooding) make it difficult for Togo’s economy to grow and thrive.
Togo has somewhere around 37 different ethnic groups, the largest of which are the Ewe, Mina, and Kabre. About half of its people practice a local, animist religion; roughly 25% are Christian, and another quarter are Muslim.
Like Tamara, many westerners find it difficult to get used to the extreme travel conditions in Togo, where there are not many paved roads, and no public transportation (some other blogs about traveling in Togo — and the taxis and buses of the sort that Tamara describes in the movie, may be found here and here). But the country and the people are beautiful (see pictures on this blog), and, as Tamara found in the movie, brave in the face of many grim realities.
Somebody in Madison is interested in asking the questions that are raised in The Fair Trade: see the Ruah Arts Blog.
This past Monday night, another 200 people experienced The Fair Trade together at the historic Castle Green in Pasadena, CA. Thank you all for coming, and please tell your friends to come to the final two premiere showings, on January 24th and February 4th. Remember to RSVP at http://www.thefairtrademovie.com/seethemovie.html.
Some of the questions raised during the Q&A after the film had to do with fair trade, others with death, and, as always, how to get ahold of Anti-Body’s products. We’ll deal with the other topics in later posts, but Anti-Body can be found at http://www.anti-body.com; if you live in or around Pasadena, Anti-Body products are also on sale at Ten Thousand Villages on South Lake Avenue.