SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

Documentary: Head Hunting: Searching for the Head of Sultan Mkwawa


Date: 22 July 2019Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 22 July 2019Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Film Screening

Sultan Mkwawa
1912 colonial lithograph on the cover of the book by Baer & O Schroter 'Eine Kopfjagd. Deutsche in Ostafrika' (2001) that accompanies the film and is available in SOAS Library; the film script is available on-line.


This documentary film by Martin Baer (2001) depicts resistance to and rupture caused by the German colonial experience, focusing on the 1954 restitution of Chief Mkwawa’s skull. It is narrated through the eyes and mediation of his great grandson Haki Mkwawa, a computer specialist, who was interviewed during his visits to German archives and in Tanzania. Film length: 53 minutes, trilingual: Swahili, German & English with captions in English.


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