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“The Preferential Option for the Poor” is one of the key principles of Liberation Theology. The historical video showcases the “White Fathers,” a group of Catholic missionaries in Malawi, Africa, and their work to end the slave trade, increase rural development, and end child labor in Malawi’s tobacco sector.
The “White Fathers” contributed to the development of the Tobacco Tenants and Allied Worker’s Union of Malawi to promote living wages and collective bargaining rights for tobacco farm workers.
Cigarette manufacturers Philip Morris and British American Tobacco buy tobacco leaf from Malawi, profiting from unpaid child labor and health inequalities on tobacco farms.
The video integrates archival video from Nyasaland (colonial Malawi) in 1940-50.
For more information contact
Tobacco Tenants and Allied Worker’s Union of Malawi
Marty Otañez, producer, sidewalkradio.net
Sarah Gee, editor, Anthropology Undergraduate Student, University of Colorado, Denver