ADIFF DC: BOMA TERVUREN, THE JOURNEY : NYADIFF

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ADIFF DC: BOMA TERVUREN, THE JOURNEY

Directed by Francis Dujardin, Belgium, 1999, documentary, 54 mins, French with English subtitles

Boma Tervuren: The Journey

Boma_TervurenSaturday, August 18, 2018 @ 10am

Washington DC Premiere!

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The extraordinary and tragic saga of 267 Congolese men and women, brought to Brussels for the 1897 World’s Fair. After some four months of travel towards Belgium, they are exhibited before a million visitors. Subjected to the crushing gaze of the “Whites” and the cold climate, many fell prey to disease and even some lost their lives. The dead were hastily dispatched in a common grave, sparking a fierce debate in Belgian society. The project was overblown, but necessary in the eyes of the first colonizers, who presumed to have tamed the far-flung savages. One hundred years later, Congolese compatriots return to the scene of these events and question the “Whites” of today on the incredible story of that “human zoo”. They carry out the ritual of “a return to the earth” by way of reparation for too great a hurt… A film that revisits a century of stereotyped conceptions about the Africans. And running through it, the almost aching question: “How is today different?”

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