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Title:Africa blood & guts: (aka Africa addio)
Editors:Jacopetti*, GualtieroISNI
Prosperi, Franco
City:West Hollywood, CAL
Publisher:Blue Underground
Geographic terms:Africa
Congo (Democratic Republic of)
national liberation struggles
historical sources
videos (form)
documentary films (form)
Abstract:A 1966 Italian documentary about the end of the colonial era in Africa. The film was shot over a period of three years by two Italian filmmakers who had gained fame as the creators of the so-called Mondo film genre, a cycle of 'shockumentaries' - documentaries featuring sensational topics, which classifications also largely characterize 'Africa addio'. The film includes amongst others footage of the Zanzibar revolution, which entailed the massacre of between 5,000 and 20.000 Arabs in 1964, as well as of the aftermath of the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya. It also contains images from the war of liberation in Angola, the aftermath of the massacre of Stanleyville (present-day Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo), the violence between Hutu and Tutsi in Rwanda, the departure of the last governor of Tanganjika (present-day Tanzania). There remains controversy over whether all the sequences in the film are real or whether some were staged or re-enacted. Director Jacopetti has stated that all images in the film are real and that nothing was ever staged. Various cuts of the film have appeared over the years. [Abstract reproduced from dvd-video]