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Rodet, Marie (2020) 'Documenting the History of Slavery on Film in Kayes, Mali.' Journal of Global Slavery, 5 (1). pp. 89-104.

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In 2010 I filmed descendants of formerly enslaved populations in Kayes narrating the history of their ancestors and the realities of internal slavery in West Africa. The result was a 23-minute documentary film entitled “The Diambourou: Slavery and Emancipation in Kayes—Mali,” which was released in 2014. The film was as much responding to specific historiographical questions in the field as a tool of research action to raise awareness among younger generations and to fight legacies of social discrimination today. With the exactions perpetuated against descendants of formerly enslaved populations in the Kayes region since 2018, the film, via its access-free online version, has experienced a second life as an anti-slavery activist medium, helping to bridge the gap between endogenous historical fighting against slavery and contemporary anti-slavery activism in the Soninke diaspora.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: slavery, memory, public history, Mali, documentary film, screening, research action, anti-slavery activism
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies > Department of History
ISSN: 24058351
Copyright Statement: © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2020. This is the accepted version of an article published by Brill in the Journal of Global Slavery. Available online:
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Date Deposited: 19 May 2020 12:37
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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