Culture X Change # Mini Fespaco
Saturday, May 29, 2021, 8.30 pm
online via This Human World
LE CIMETIERE DES ELEHANTS / THE ELEPHANT CEMETERY
Documentary, R: Eléonore Yaméogo, France/Burkina Faso, 2018, 92 min, OT french, english subtitles
The documentary by Burkinabe director Eléonore Yaméogo was shown for the first time at Fespaco 2019. It is about former missionaries, the "white fathers" in Africa and their roles in the colonization of Africa.
In the closed world of a retirement home in France, they chat about the everyday life of former missionaries. They proselytized in West Africa before independence.
Their home is a place of silence that is ironically called "the elephant cemetery" by the residents. About 30 residents live there, including Father François de Gaulle, a nephew of General Charles de Gaulle, one of the leading politicians in France after World War II.
In the documentary, these white fathers tell about their lives in Africa, talk about their mission and their place in the history of colonization.
It is the last elephants to reveal their memories here.
The film can be watched on This Human World. Free registration at the human rights film hub to watch the film for free.
To read more about: The Elephant Cemetery DOSSIER ANGLAIS