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Where in the world is the substance?
on December 6, 2017
Very disappointing film. I had expected much more. The parts on Senegal and Eastern Nigeria were interesting, but most of the film were talking heads who don't even live in Africa. Obviously Africa wasn't that great for them or they would have stayed! Working with African asylum seekers for the past two years, gives a different picture. I've learned more about the cultures, education, politics, countryside, villages, cities and town than I ever thought possible, and I've developed a deep affection for the people and the continent. They've been screwed by slavers, exploited by colonialism, dominated by missionaries, abused by terrorists, now their lands are overrun and again exploited, this time by China, There's such a rich history, not just African, but interwoven with Europeans. No one ever talks about the connection between witchcraft and religion and politics. No one talks about knowledge from ancestors vs. education by missionaries, inherited leadership vs. leadership as a result of education. Oh, I could go on and on. Make a film showing the beautiful side of countries as well as the dark side. THAT would be The African Side.