RESTITUTION STUDY GROUP RELEASED TRAILER FOR BENIN BRONZE SHORT FILM – Two Screenings in Cannes on May 25th
The Restitution Study Group (RSG), a New York based reparatory justice non-profit, released the trailer for their short film, “They Belong to All of Us: The Benin Bronze Slave Trade Story.” We are proud to have two Out of Competition screenings at the Marche du Film in Cannes, France on May 25th, 2023.
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SMITHSONIAN HIT WITH LAWSUIT TO STOP BENIN BRONZE TRANSFER TO NIGERIA
The Restitution Study Group (RSG), a New York-metro area non-profit concerned with slavery justice, and its Executive Director, Deadria Farmer-Paellmann, are Plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed Friday, October 7, 2022, against the Smithsonian Institution in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. They accuse the Smithsonian of breach of trust for failing to protect the interests of United States Citizens descended from enslaved people. Instead, the Smithsonian made the decision to transfer ownership of 29 Benin bronzes to the Republic of Nigeria and the Benin Kingdom. The Smithsonian plans to make this transfer at a private ceremony on Tuesday, October 11, 2022. Plaintiffs seek to stop the transfer.
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Sign the Petition to co-own the billion dollar ancient Benin bronze treasures enslaved Africans financed with their lives: chng.it/NpngnYG6wr
May 25th, 2023 – International Cellphone Cinema Showcase, Eden Hotel and Spa, Loho Auditorium, 133 Rue d’Antibes, Cannes, 2-6pm
May 25th, 2023 – 8th Annual Cannes Global Short Film Awards Gala and Luxury Fashion Show 2023, InterContinental Carlton Cannes, 58 Boulevard de la Croisette, Cannes, 7pm (tickets at: https://bit.ly/gsf-awards-2023)
May 31st, 2023 – Coffee House Club at the Salmagundi, 47 Fifth Avenue, 6:30pm, NYC