African History

The Diambourou : Slavery and Emancipation in Kayes – Mali (2014)

The Diambourou: Slavery and Emancipation in Kayes – Mali (2014) – directed by Marie Rodet

Description:

Documentary film shot in the Kayes region (Mali) in February 2010, based on research done by Dr Marie Rodet, Lecturer in the History of Africa at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies, London).
Pictures and Video by Fanny Challier
http://www.soas.ac.uk/staff/staff69183.php
http://fannychallier.com/

 

Synopsis:

English:

Slavery was officially abolished in French Sudan (nowadays Mali) by the French colonial administration in 1905, but effective emancipation of formerly enslaved was a lengthy process, the repercussions of which were still felt long after Mali’s independence in 1960.

This documentary tells the story of those who resisted slavery by escaping their masters and founding new independent and free communities in the district of Kayes in the first half of the twentieth century. The film presents a unique audiovisual archive of slave emancipation.

French :

L’esclavage fut officiellement aboli au Soudan français (Mali actuel) par l’administration coloniale française en 1905, mais l’émancipation réelle des anciens esclaves devait se révéler un processus beaucoup plus long, qui continuera à être d’actualité bien au-delà de l’indépendance du pays en 1960. Ce film raconte l’histoire de ceux qui résistèrent à l’esclavage par la fuite et la fondation de nouvelles communautés libres et indépendantes dans la première moitié du 20ème siècle. C’est une archive audio-visuelle unique de l’histoire de l’émancipation des esclaves au Mali.

 

 Official trailer :

 

 

 

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