C.L.R. James documentary

9th Jul 2017

The creators wanted to ensure you know that WORLDwrite’s feature-length documentary on the life, writings and politics of the great Trinidad-born revolutionary C.L.R. James, is now available on Vimeo on demand. This means in the UK, USA and elsewhere you can stream or download it, which may assist college and university screenings too.

The film interweaves never before seen footage of C.L.R. James with unique testimony from those he knew, alongside interviews with the world’s most eminent scholars of James’ life, work and politics. The result is a historical tour-de-force which grapples with issues from colonialism to cricket, from slavery to Shakespeare, from Marxism to the movies and from reading to revolution. The trailer is available to view here:
The film has received fabulous feedback from attendees at launch screenings over the past year, as well as at film festivals including the Trinidad & Tobago film festival and The Pan-African film festival in the USA. It won a top award for “Outstanding Excellence” from Docs Without Borders Film Festival, who commended the film for “Human spirit, research and editing!”, as well as being shortlisted for a Learning on Screen Award by the British University Film & Video Council (BUFVC). The judges praised our film “for the incredible range of content explored and its excellent use of archive material.” The full judges’ comments can be found on their website here.
Further great comments on the film, include:

‘Among the more than a thousand films I have reviewed over the past 24 years, “Every Cook Can Govern: Documenting the life, impact & works of CLR James” earns pride of place as the most intelligent, serious and passionate application of Marxism among all of them…..’ To read the entire review by Louis Proyect, click here. 
‘I would encourage everyone to see ‘Every Cook Can Govern’. And let C.L.R. 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 C.L.R. James

If you would like to rent or buy the film for a modest fee, please click here:
Please do pass these details on and do let them know if you are interested in arranging or hosting a screening where you work, study or for an organisation you know. We’d be delighted to provide a speaker too. Maybe your college library would consider buying it or a bookshop you know might stock it, that would be a great help too. The film is also available on DVD from the portal we have created to accompany the film 
Thank you again for your support and interest.