Truth & Reconciliation for Colonialism: Screening of African Apocalypse
- 8:30 pm
15 December 2022
UCL, Harry Massey Lecture Theatre E28 | Free
25 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AY
This event is hosted by UCL’s Sarah Parker Remond Centre, the Social Research Institute, the Migration Research Unit, Grand Challenges, and the Arts and Humanities Faculty.
A film by Rob Lemkin, featuring Femi Nylander. Music by Tunde Jegede and Sunara Begum with panel discussion including Nigérien diaspora representatives, the filmmakers and, by zoom, contributors from Niger.
British Nigerian activist Femi Nylander brings attention to the forgotten victims of colonial atrocity in a new film, ‘African Apocalypse’, from award-winning director Rob Lemkin.
Armed with a copy of Joseph Conrad’s controversial classic Heart of Darkness (1899), Nylander goes in search of the legacy of colonial horror in West Africa and unearths its shocking reality. ‘African Apocalypse’ follows the trail of a 19th-century French colonial military commander who burned his way across the continent. Tens of thousands were massacred in the name of imperial domination. With communities devastated by a century-old atrocity now speaking out for the first time, Nylander begins to question his own sense of responsibility.
Raising questions about racism, colonial histories and ongoing legacies, ‘African Apocalypse’ speaks to the movements for decolonisation and Black Lives Matter.
Fresh from a successful release of the film in cinemas and on TV in West Africa, this screening will be the London premiere of the 2022 version in Hausa (with English subtitles) produced by the filmmakers in partnership with Arewa 24 Television in Kano, Nigeria.
Following the screening there will be a panel discussion with the filmmakers Rob Lemkin and Femi Nylander and Abdelkader Mossi, secretary of the Collectif des Nigériens de la Diaspora and from Niger, one of the film’s participants Amina Weira. They will be joined by Esther Stanford-Xosei, Executive Director Maangamizi Educational Trust, Co-Founding Chair of All-Party Parliamentary Group For Afrikan Reparations
Read more about the film here.
Watch the trailer here in Hausa
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