26 June 2014
The documentary film 'The Diambourou: Slavery and Emancipation in Kayes' directed by Dr Marie Rodet, Lecturer in the History of Africa at SOAS, University of London is now available on DVD.
The film tells the story of those who resisted slavery by escaping slave masters and founding new independent and free communities in the district of Kayes in Western Mali in the first half of the 20th century. The film presents a unique audio-visual archive of slave emancipation.
The African slave trade was officially abolished in French Soudan (present-day Mali) by the colonial authorities in 1905, but effective emancipation of formerly enslaved populations was in fact a lengthy process, the repercussions of which were still felt long after Mali’s independence in 1960.
The film is available in French, Bamanankan, Maninka, Sooninke with French and English subtitles.
To order a copy, please contact Dr Marie Rodet. The DVD is a self-produced, non-commercial product. Profits will be used to organise public screenings and debates in Mali on 'African Slavery: Memories and Legacies'.