Dr Ama Biney's REVIEW OF THE FILM “AFRICAN APOCALYPSE” by Rob Lemkin (Dir.), narrator, Femi Nylander
The colonial conquest of Africa, or the scramble for Africa was sheer violence inflicted on African bodies, minds and land. The new film entitled “African Apocalypse”, directed by Rob Lemkin and narrated by Femi Nylander is released in the UK at the end of October 2020 and in Africa, Europe and the USA in 2021. It illustrates not only the genocidal mission of the French Captain Paul Voulet in Niger in 1898-99, but innovatively parallels that mission alongside excerpts of Joseph Conrad’s novel, Heart of Darkness. The fictional character of Kurtz in the novel is juxtaposed against the historical reality of Voulet’s real life pillage, plunder and massacre in Niger. Voulet “was to embark on a mission of pacification and avoid angering the natives” in his unification of France’s scattered colonies in to “French West Africa.” The reality is that he mercilessly killed the natives in his sojourn across their territory. The focus of the documentary is the pursuit of the trail of conquest embarked on by Voulet, which is enacted by Nylander in a long journey in what is now the national highway in Niger. Med Hondo’s equally brilliant 1987 film titled “Sarrounia,”was
the African queen that fought the French in Niger. It vividly portrayed the moral depravity and bloodthirsty nature of Voulet and his mission based on historical sources.