Black History Month 2012: Review: Africa Addio

Gualtiero Jacopetti's Africa Addio explores the triumph of freedom and equality in post-colonial Africa

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Africa Addio (Farewell Africa) is a 1966 Italian documentary that explores the triumph of freedom and equality in post-colonial Africa.

Decried as a “brutal, dishonest, racist film” by DWL Roger Ebert, Africa Addio contains live footage of the chaos that swept across sub-Saharan Africa in the first seven years of independence (1957 to 1964).

(1) The film contains the only live footage in existence of the genocide of the 10,000 Arabs and Asians who were exterminated by Abeid Karume in the Zanzibar Revolution.

(2) It covers the White mercenaries led by Mike Hoare who fought Che Guevera and overthrew the Marxist-Leninist government in the Eastern Congo established by Patrice Lumumba’s cannibal followers in the Simba Rebellion. 100,000 Belgians and Europeans fled the Congo after independence.

(3) It covers an early genocide launched by the Hutu against the Tutsi in Rwanda and their exodus to Burundi and Uganda. Years later, the Tutsi would launch a civil war from Uganda and Burundi, and this would culminate in their extermination in the Rwandan Genocide and the subsequent flight of the Hutu genocidaires to the Congo.

(4) It covers the Mau Mau Uprising in Kenya and the thousands of White farmers who were driven out of the White Highlands by the Black Undertow. 32,000 Whites fled Kenya after independence.

(5) It covers the race war between the Portuguese and FREILMO in Mozambique and MPLA in Angola in the early stages of the Portuguese Colonial War. 600,000 Portuguese fled Angola and Mozambique after independence.

(6) It spends a lot of time covering the destruction and pillage of the vast game preserves created by British conservationists in the early twentieth century to preserve African wildlife.

(7) Finally, the chaos and genocide unleashed by independence in the black countries in the north is contrasted with the relative stability and prosperity of Hendrik Verwoerd’s Apartheid South Africa. There are memorable scenes of beautiful South African women surfing and playing on Durban’s beaches before they looked like this.

Africa Addio closes by wondering if Western civilization in southern Africa (South Africa, Rhodesia, Namibia, Mozambique and Angola) will be swept away like the Antarctic penguins that have colonized the southern coast of Africa.

46 years later, we all know the answer. The reality that Africa Addio exposed in 1966 was only a small taste of what was coming. The Mau Mau paved the road to the expropriation of the White farmers in Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe. The Hutu attacks on the Tutsi heralded the Rwandan genocide. The Simba Rebellion heralded the First Congo War and Second Congo War in which over 6 million people would die.

OD celebrates Black History Month 2012 by remembering the scenes captured by the Africa Addio filmmakers in post-colonial Africa. Millions of Whites were driven out of sub-Saharan Africa in the name of “Africa for the Africans.” Civilization collapsed across an entire continent. Liberal democracy produced nothing but mass graves for Whites in Congo and Asians in Zanzibar.

In the future, Africa Addio ought to be shown in every White public high school in North America in the month of February, as a “warning from history” of what happened to Western civilization in Africa when the liberals and communists got their way and freedom and equality were foolishly extended to black people.

19 Comments

  1. John – I LOVE “Shaun of the Dead” It’s genius. There are so many wonderful little asides, observations, satirical elements, etc. The entire cast is wonderful. Really splendid. and mean mean every last actor is flawless -even the ones on screen in minor roles. In addition to the brilliant Simon Pegg – special kudos out to Nick Frost, as the repulsive, greedy, slovenly Best Friend, and my most ador-ed and rever-ed incandescently lovely Dylan Moran. Ahhh – be still my heart! If you’ve ever enjoyed Moran’s opus “Black Books” – well….you’ll understand.

  2. Svigor – I didn’t want to get into “The Walking Dead”, because the idea is too depressing. I was drawn in by commnetary on this site, re: Merle, the Nazi-ish fellow. Highly intruiging, since apparently Merle is still a wildly popular character.

    I find the show to be fascinating. Ye, there certainly ought ot be more Blacks in the cast, due to the demo of Georgia, but there are 2 issues – Blacks will yell and scream if there are to many portrayed as baddies, and (shhhh….!) Blacks don’t “sell”. This is a Sci Fi show. It’s like high fashion – no one cares. Not really. Negroes get in the WAY

    I like the show because it’s a meditation on social and survival skills. What does it take to survive…..

    Must go now. More later…the thing that strikes me is how goofy the characters are. They don’t seem to LEARN anything. They keep making the same mistakes, episode after episode. They whine about all they’ve lost.

    I love Darryl, best. Naturally.

  3. Yeah, there’s lots of Political Incorrectness on TWD. For a TV show, anyway. AMC is obviously working on the hardass White Male eyeballs: The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, and Hell on Wheels? Uhm, yeah. Well, I can’t speak for Hell On Wheels yet, as I haven’t seen an episode yet. But TWD and BB? Uhm, yeah. No way that’s a coincidence.

    I wasn’t referring to more living Black roles, Denise. There are fewer of those in season 2, so far. I was referring to dead roles. There are at least two very conspicuous roles for Black geeks in season 2 so far. One even has a Black geek pawing at a prone blonde woman’s legs in something vaguely visually reminiscent of a rape scene.

    And Merle is an actual mixed White racist role. As in, somewhat rounded, instead of being wholly bad, which is practically an ironclad rule in Hollywood (“racism” never exists alone – it is always wedded to “other pathologies”: drunkenness, pedophilia, drug addiction, criminality, violence, spousal abuse, psychopathy, etc.; preferably more than one). That’s politically incorrect in and of itself.

    The really interesting thing about Merle is that he was murdered (or de facto murdered) by the hero, Ranger Rick, or by the negro, if you want to shift blame (it’s murder to give a negro power of life and death over a “racist” White man IMO, particularly when character tests are likely to be involved (i.e., surrounded by the undead hordes)), for nothing more than trash-talking and defending himself from a negro chimp-out. It’s hard for me to think that the writers aren’t playing some kind of “racist” game here: Merle didn’t have to be defending himself from a chimpout – he could just as easily have assaulted the negro instead.

    Darryl is sorta hinted at as a racist, too, at least once (when the negro says he’s coming on the rescue mission and Darryl gives the eyeroll/”my day just keeps gettin’ better” thing). And Darryl’s character is pretty much wholly positive, if rough around the edges.

  4. Must go now. More later…the thing that strikes me is how goofy the characters are. They don’t seem to LEARN anything. They keep making the same mistakes, episode after episode. They whine about all they’ve lost.

    This is intrinsic to television, unfortunately. Competence doesn’t sell. People with their shit together don’t sell. People who plan ahead and learn from their mistakes don’t sell. Dysfunction sells. Ongoing, unresolved issues sell. In short, conflict sells. That’s just drama. It’s much harder to write continual, ongoing conflict involving competent people, because competent people learn quickly, solve/end problems, etc.

    Truth is, it wouldn’t be difficult to survive a massive depopulation because of the concomitant sudden abundance; enough canned food, durable goods, real estate and fuel to last for years. Even with zombies everywhere. Find a building with a generator system and a parking area with a gated entrance, and park a few armored cars inside. Then salvage all the canned goods and supplies you need, and transport it to a big brick building outside of town. The end. But it wouldn’t make for a good story – no drama.

  5. It’s the same thing with Breaking Bad. After his first few “issues” with Jesse, Walt’s behavior stops making any kind of sense; someone as smart as he is would simply not make the mistakes he makes, or show the utter inability to plan ahead that he does. But ongoing dysfunction = better drama.

  6. Svigor – the Shane character is interesting. The rest of the characters essentially are trying to carry on as they did before the disaster. Shane is the murderous villian – but he is a hard core practical realist. A survivor. He’s tough, and semi psycho, but he’s determined to *live*. Some of the characters, especially the females, seem to not want to live, as their cushy lives are GONE. They don’t know how to live without modern amenities. I was especiallyapplalled and DISGUSTED by the scientist. What a LOSER!!!!

    This is interesting, because in most post-apocalyspe stories, the characters desperatewlyt struggle to live. I’ve never encountered a story (books or film) where so may of them just can’t seem to cope without their stuff.

    This is the single most fascinating element for me. Never mind ZOG. We have become enslaved by our STUFF. It’s as though life is no longer worth living, without our big screen tv’s, cars, grocery stores, fitness clubs, etc.

    Well most of the world still doesn’t have all our cool neato things. And they manage to enjoy life. I realize that the soft modern characters take modern life for granted, but the idea that they no longer care to live – well – this is a really novel aspect to the storyline. I realize that the characters must deal with the horror of flesh eating ghouls, attacking them (The Zombies are really ghouls) – but still. Come on. You have chance to remake the world as you wish. Computers are gone, but books are not. We can re-learn and re-create all the technology.

    I amuse myself by contemplating my actions, in a similar situation. The important thing is to be disciplined, and set up protocols for killing the ghouls. Find and defned turf – good water, and fertile land. A defensible position, of course. Then – it’s kill off ghouls and undesired interlopers. grow food, and breed. I’d personally regard the Walking Dead scenario as a real opportunty.

  7. Svigor – I am glad to see that we are on the same page re: the relative ease at dealing with a massive die off of population. The first few years would be hairy, due to constant ghoul removal – but relatively easy. After all – there wil be a point wehre even the ghouls will decompose too much to move about. The remaining human population will be much easier to deal with, as ANY-ONE providing competent leadership will be a beacon in the darkness, and gladly followed.

    I’d warrant if anything approximating this scenario does occur – Negroes will go for good. No one will put up with their crap. NO ONE. No one will have the time nor patience to deal with their nonsense at all.

  8. Svigor – the Shane character is interesting. The rest of the characters essentially are trying to carry on as they did before the disaster. Shane is the murderous villian – but he is a hard core practical realist. A survivor. He’s tough, and semi psycho, but he’s determined to *live*.

    Right. But he’s also shaping up to be the bad guy. You see this a lot in post-apocalyptic stories – lots of overlap between villains and the sort of people most suited to surviving the situation. I wonder how many writers are well-read enough to know that there’s a proven correlation between “fascism” and religiousity, and adversity. That is, evidence is that as times get tougher, people become more authoritarian and religious; liberalism and secularism are for the (mentally, metaphorically) fat.

    Some of the characters, especially the females, seem to not want to live, as their cushy lives are GONE. They don’t know how to live without modern amenities. I was especially applalled and DISGUSTED by the scientist. What a LOSER!!!!

    Yeah, they seem to be overdoing the survivor guilt/grief thing a bit. But I think this is understandable. It makes for good drama, lots of depressed people trying to fight to want to live, as much as they have to fight to survive. And keep in mind, these kinds of scenarios horrify the kinds of people who write television shows far more than they horrify self-reliant, outdoorsy, or rural types. Again, the mental/metaphorical fattiness – they know they’d be the first eaten. They know they’re the primary beneficiaries of civilization. Artists? Writers? Time to learn a real trade, friend.

    Yeah, the scientist wasn’t much of a man. A man in his position would’ve been overjoyed to find a ticket out of that place, to hook up with a group and apply his skills to the new set of problems. I can see how he’d given up prior to their arrival, being totally isolated, but afterwards, he should’ve picked up his you-know-whats.

    This is interesting, because in most post-apocalyspe stories, the characters desperatewlyt struggle to live. I’ve never encountered a story (books or film) where so may of them just can’t seem to cope without their stuff.

    Like the BSG re-boot, one of the biggest issues for me here is the facism/religiousity and adversity thing. E.g., I can tell you right now, if I was in that situation and I found out a woman in the group was pregnant and considering aborting it, I’d take choice off the table somehow, or do my best. Starting with shaming her about her selfishness in the face of an extinction-level event, and ending with threatening/taking her life if she insists on an abortion, to serve as a warning to the others. It’s ridiculous how writers gloss over these issues. They’re PA meat and potatoes! No, sorry, we have bigger things to worry about than your hangups or your “personal freedom.” Like the survival of the species.

    Another one is the “gender relations” aspect. Like modern culture/politics in general, a major writer’s conceit here is that anyone would be much interested in maintaining the status quo vis-a-vis feminism. Feminism would have tire tracks on its back. Along similar lines, women would be using sex in a much more obvious fashion. E.g., whatsherface would’ve offered to keep Shane warm at night if he’d take her along, not “watch his back.” Obviously, as usual, the writers are far more concerned with modern politics than with reality or actual human beings. It’s no big surprise – look at how they rewrite history, with zero regard for what people in the past were actually thinking, or their actual situation.

    but the idea that they no longer care to live – well – this is a really novel aspect to the storyline.

    You’re taking it too seriously/literally. Again, it’s all about the drama. Also, can’t have people enjoying themselves after TEOTWAWKI. That would be unseemly. Stepping off the treadmill can’t be fun, ever. 🙂

    Think of it more as a metaphor for politics/culture/etc. They’re not so much behaving as people would really behave in that situation, as they are stand-ins for archetypes and ideas.

    I’d personally regard the Walking Dead scenario as a real opportunty.

    That’s the entire, semi-guilty pleasure of post-apocalyptic fiction: living up to the challenge (rather than being just another cud-chewing rat-racer), starting fresh, etc. TEOTWAWKI – where the men are men and the women are women! LOL.

  9. Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment has a great moment when Raskolnikov has a vision, near the end, a feverish vision of humanity going to war, where men fall out and begin to bite, tear and cannibalize each other. It’s a great great scene. Unfilmable of course. It prophesized the 20th century. Two world wars and decolonization later, the white man faces a sort of extinction. Swallowed up by the nigger horde.

  10. Svigor – GREAT post. I think your analysis us dead en pointe.

    Shane. In the real world, good transmutes into evil, and then right back again. He’s supposed ot be the villian, and he is supposed to be unravelling, but in Mad Max times, fuzzy wuzzy feel good let’s all have a group hug types last 5 minutes. Primal impulses re-assert themselves. Shan’es right aobut a lot of things. Even Herschel admitted he was wrong about storing the ghouls, fter Shane cleansed them. So what is “good” and “evil”?

    Ranger Rick creates a LOT of harm. He’s kind of a bonehead. He’s still trying to be the good Community Cop. I can NOT believe a White cop, based near Atlanta, would be that…..ridiculous. and I’ll never forgive him for Merle. I didn’t like his immediate rejection of the 2 Philly guys (with Brooklyn accents. They looked North East Corridor mooks – but the Philly accent is music to my ears, and they were speaking Generic Brooklyn). The farm is not too crowded, and they could have helped cleairng the area of ghouls, being able bodied types. Who obviously had gotten through a LOT of crap to travel that far. The writers are very Los Angeles fey, arent’ they? They could have been useful. Rick seems to want to kill off any potential Alpha. Shane, he kinda controls, via the wife. But Rick is like the Super Middle Management Let’s Have a Workshop type. I think HE’S the real villian.

    And Darryl’s a real GENTLEMAN. I have to get to bed. I’ll expound, later.

    I don’t know how to express this, it’s 1AM, but I watched “Lord of War” tonight. Hubster and I were settling in. He rarely watched TV. I am going through a jag of catching up on movies. He likes action adventure stuff. We were flipping around, and caught this jut as it was beginnng. I groaned, he was intrigued; guns and all….so we began.

    Well – he rapidly grew disgusted, but I was enchanted. You know the flick is about arms dealing, right? If you haven’t seen it – do. Nicholas Cage is an interesting choice for the lead. The flick is kinda sorta supposed to be against arms dealing. Boo hoo hoo, the inhumanity! Well – I think selling First World Arms to Africans is a beautiful thing.

  11. Svigor – GREAT post. I think your analysis us dead en pointe.

    Shane. In the real world, good transmutes into evil, and then right back again. He’s supposed ot be the villian, and he is supposed to be unravelling, but in Mad Max times, fuzzy wuzzy feel good let’s all have a group hug types last 5 minutes. Primal impulses re-assert themselves. Shan’es right aobut a lot of things. Even Herschel admitted he was wrong about storing the ghouls, after Shane cleansed them. So what is “good” and “evil”?

    Ranger Rick creates a trail of cluster fucking wreckage. He’s kind of a bonehead. He’s still trying to be the good Community Cop. I can NOT believe a White cop, based near Atlanta, would be that…..ridiculous. and I’ll never forgive him for Merle. I didn’t like his immediate rejection of the 2 Philly guys (with Brooklyn accents. They looked North East Corridor mooks – but the Philly accent is music to my ears, and they were speaking Generic Brooklyn). The farm is not “too crowded’, and they could have helped clearing the area of ghouls, being able bodied types. Who obviously had gotten through a LOT of crap to travel that far. Who knows what type of assets that group would bring to the table? The writers are very Los Angeles fey, aren’t they? They could have been useful. Rick seems to want to kill off any potential Alpha. Shane, he kinda controls, via the wife. But Rick is like the Super Middle Management Let’s Have a Workshop type. I think HE’S the real villian.

    And Darryl’s a real GENTLEMAN. I have to get to bed. I’ll expound, later.

    I don’t know how to express this, it’s 1AM, but I watched “Lord of War” tonight. Hubster and I were settling in. He rarely watched TV. I am going through a jag of catching up on movies. He likes action adventure stuff. We were flipping around, and caught this jut as it was beginnng. I groaned, he was intrigued; guns and all….so we began.

    Well – he rapidly grew disgusted, but I was enchanted. You know the flick is about arms dealing, right? If you haven’t seen it – do. Nicholas Cage is an interesting choice for the lead. The flick is kinda sorta supposed to be against arms dealing. Boo hoo hoo, the inhumanity! Well – I think selling First World Arms to Africans is a beautiful thing.

  12. With Walking dead, it should end up that a military unit is observing them, to test how a small band could survive a hostile environment without armoured vehicles.

    Think about it for a moment. Someone must be watching them.

    It reminds me of what it must have been like 12,000 BC. A completely hostile world, and these characters are trying to figure out the right type of society to cope with it.

  13. I don’t mean to be mean, but I’ll say it anyway.

    Every minute watching the Boob Tube, is that minute spent away from working to win back our country from the Deicides, the Liberals, the Sodomites and Feminazis, and their minions (like Darryl Hannah, just to throw out a name).

    That’s why we only watch TV that WE choose, and usually only once a week, for ‘family night movie,’ in our house- like on Saturday or Sunday night.

    Just sayin…..

  14. I didn’t like his immediate rejection of the 2 Philly guys

    The Philly guys were giving off bad vibes from the jump. They shouldn’t have been so interested in where Rick was living. They didn’t really seem to be asking. Tipped their hand as to how their minds work. Plus they were morons – you don’t put the guy you’re going to shoot right between yourselves.

    But this kind of thing is another false note, given sudden abundance. It’s not like real estate, clean water, food or supplies would be scarce. What’s there to fight over? Labor would be it, though, and the fat one did mention “cooze.” So there is that. But that’s a fundamental problem with zombie TEOTWAWKI stories – zombies make boring villains. They’re too stupid to be interesting for long. Man vs. man makes for much more interesting conflict, taking place as it does in the real world of greys, not the Manichean world of human vs. zombie.

    Shane, he kinda controls, via the wife. But Rick is like the Super Middle Management Let’s Have a Workshop type. I think HE’S the real villian.

    Rick is the stand-in for middle class decency. He’s like your typical White American, clinging to the costs of “decency” (as dictated by tv) long after the benefits have evaporated. What can you do? Writers get to set the stage and move the pieces as they will, which is why guys like Rick always win in the end (he reminds me of the postman, who reminds me of every stand-in for middle-class decency in these stories – he plays the worn-out “can’t kill the bad guy because that would make just as bad” card, only to be saved Deus Ex Machina style by the Black kid).

    But he really isn’t all that bad, considering.

    I was really pleasantly surprised at how well the show handled the barn issue. Usually stuff like that goes over much less successfully and believably, and I’m throwing up my hands at the incredible stupidity of one party or the other. But this one really worked well. Hersch’s deluded character is pretty close to plausible, without being too stupid to believe; he just hadn’t been mugged by reality yet. Being old and set in his beliefs and ways, and sheltered, and absent any strong male around to set him straight, yeah, I can almost buy his character. Close enough, anyway. The writers are to be commended, IMO. They’re walking a very fine line. It’s very easy to lose the balance and tip over into “okay, I don’t care if these people live or die, they’re so stupid” territory. But they’ve kept out of it, so far. That has to be hard to do, and I can’t help thinking they’re making a concerted effort to walk that line. Now I’m tempted to read further into the comic, to see if Kirkman fares as well.

  15. I watched the first four episodes of Hell on Wheels. It sucks. The only way it doesn’t suck is if you’re like me, and love westerns so most of them have you at “hello.” Even then, it’s just barely passable. The sets and costumes are good. But the writing is poor, the direction is mediocre, the cinematography is indifferent, and the acting is tepid. The only bright spot is an unprovoked – except in the “your skin is your uniform” sense – ambush and massacre of Whites by Reds, complete with scalp-takings. (Funny how Libturds have no problem with the “your skin is your uniform” thing as long as it’s only used against Whites, and never against non-Whites – isn’t it?)

    It’s barely passable until episode 4, anyway. Then the writers go to absurd lengths to create a love story between a negroid and a Celtic woman. “Where da White women at? Muh Dik need sum!” Anything to put a non-Jewish White woman (but, I repeat myself) in bed with a Negroid.

    According to the show’s Wikipedia page, the producers cast “Common,” the appropriately-named Negroid, in the lead Negroid role before they cast anyone else. Shows you where their priorities are. The character’s whole point is to inject race (i.e., Negroid Supremacy/Sympathy) into as many plot lines and scenarios as possible. Yaaaawn. Maybe White America agrees – the show saw a big dive in ratings after the first episode, and after the episode with the magical Negro/White Wymminz coupling. The season finale captured roughly half the eyeballs that the premiere did. The show has been approved for a second season, but it’s probably just barely treading water. They got a lot of eyeballs for the premiere because of marketing hype, the rep AMC has been building, and because Americans miss westerns, but by the end of the season it wasn’t doing much better than Mad Men. That can’t be good, once you factor in budgetary concerns – westerns are notoriously expensive to produce.

    4.8 ratings – that’s what awaits a western that can deliver. Unfortunately, Hollywood is concerned about more than ratings and money.

    P.S., When was the last time you saw a dark-haired woman with aquiline features and a little Magen David on a necklace chasing a Negroid on tv? Have you ever seen this? Don’t hold your breath waiting. Jews are racist to the core and most of them would rather stick hot pokers in their eyes than positively portray a relationship between a Jewess and a Negroid (and Whites are too afraid of Jews to do the portraying for them). And if by some quirk of fate they found themselves doing so, it would probably be an Ashkenazi depicting a Sephardic Jewess, or vice-versa.

  16. I liked the first episode of Hell On Wheels. After that, it really did become unwatchable (although I did watch the whole season).

    One of the stupidest and most glaringly Jewish elements of the show, was the villainous “Swede” Gundersson. The character was clearly inspired by Nazi stereotypes and then thrown in, since kike television producers can’t speak three words without one of then being “holocaust”. I won’t even waste breath going into how ridiculous it is to invent a “Nazi” for a post-American Civil War western, but, this is 2012 Amerika, so nothing surprises me anymore…

    Common’s character, “Elam Ferguson”, was a mullato house-slave who was the product of a suggested rape of a negress by her owner. The white prostitute that he took up with, was abducted by Indians as a child, and raised as a squaw. Their relationship did come to an end on the last episode.

    There was some worthwhile stuff on the show, but not much. I liked the vendetta that Bohannen carried, hunting down those ex-Union officers one by one. And that part where the abolitionist-turned-preacher decapitated that Army captain with his own sword, was one those outta-left-field moments

    But basically, the show jumped the shark several times over, so I’m surprised it got picked up for another season.

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