Title: The Diambourou: Slavery and Emancipation in Kayes - Mali
Documentary, 2014, 23 min.
Date: Monday, May 8
Organized by: African Studies
Film screening and discussion with historian and filmmaker, Marie Rodet, Senior Lecturer of African History, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Dr. Rodet's principal research interests lie in the field of migration history, gender studies and the history of slavery in West Africa in the 19th and 20th Centuries. She has written a number of articles on post-slavery in Mali, including “Listening to the History of Those Who Don’t Forget” published in History in Africa (2013) and Les migrantes ignorées du Haut-Sénégal, 1900-1946 (Karthala, 2009). She is currently working on her second monograph on slave resistance in Kayes, Mali.
African slavery was officially abolished in Mali by the French colonial authorities in 1905, but effective emancipation of formerly enslaved populations was a lengthy process, the repercussions of which were still felt long after Mali’s independence in 1960. Dr. Rodet’s research video tells the story of those communities escaping slavery in the region of Kayes in the first half of the twentieth century. The screening of this short documentary will be followed with a discussion with Dr. Rodet on the making and content of the film.
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