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Namibia Genocide and the Second Reich (2005)

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Movie: Namibia Genocide and the Second Reich

  • Director: David Olusoga
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  • Release Date: August 15, 2005
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  • Genre: Documentary

This powerful documentary by David Adetayo Olusoga took a sensitive and uncompromising look at the tragic circumstances leading to the massacre of three quarters of the Namibia population in German concentration camps. The program included graphic reconstructions and did not shirk from showing disturbing scenes which revealed the savagery of european colonial ideology put into practise. The documentary also showed the 2004 footage of Germanys ambassador to Namibia expressing regret for their killing of thousands of Namibias Hereros during the colonial era. Unsurprisingly the Germans refused to agree to the justifiable calls for reparations. The programme also explored the current call for land reforms where most of Namibias commercial land is still owned by european farmers who make up 6 percent of the countrys population of 1.8 million. Throughout it included interviews and powerful testimony from African survivors descendants and reparation movement representatives thus making this a compelling program which both educated the audience whilst treating the sensitive subject matter with the respect it deserved.

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