Afrique 50


Afrique 50 (1950)
Director: René Vautier
Runtime: 17 min

René Vautier went to West Africa to make a documentary for the French League of Schooling, but when he arrived there he was appalled by the colonial exploitation, brutal crimes of the French army and poverty people lived in. Although upon his return to the country, the police seized the filmed material, he managed to preserve enough footage to release this short film in 1950. Afrique 50 is considered to be the first French anti-colonial film. The film was immediately seized, the author tried on thirteen counts and sentenced to one year in prison, and the film was banned for the next 40 years.

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