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African Film Festival: “Malentendu Colonial (The Colonial Misunderstanding)” and “Nkan Mii (Something Else)”
May 25, 2006 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EDT
Malentendu Colonial (The Colonial Misunderstanding) directed by Jean-Marie Teno, Cameroon, 2004, 78 minutes. The Colonial Misunderstanding is a bold exploration of Germany’s “African past”—specifically, its attempts to colonize parts of Africa through religion and trade. Jean-Marie Teno looks at the role that missionaries played in laying the groundwork for colonialism in countries like Togo, Cameroon, Namibia and South Africa. The later crimes of the Nazi regime were actually anticipated by Germany’s genocidal war against the Herrero people in Namibia (1904-1907), which forcibly dispersed them and interned them in concentration camps. Through interviews with experts from Germany and Africa, Teno paints a provocative picture of the relatively short but nevertheless horrific colonial history of Germany in Africa. Nkan Mii (Something Else) directed by Seke Somolu, Nigeria, 2003, 16 minutes. A man in financial distress is left with few options and must turn to his family for help in this micro-cosmic look at middle-class life in Nigeria today. Co-Sponsored with the Art Department of RPI and by iEAR Presents!
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