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You Hide Me: 50 Years on
October 29, 2020 @ 19:00 - 21:00Optional/Donate
This documentary film by Ghanaian filmmaker, Kwate Nii Owoo is a dramatisation of a visit to the British Museum by two Africans who discover African art, specifically Benin bronzes, hidden in the basement. An exposé of the policies of European colonial regimes which, in establishing their rule, attempted to wipe out all traces of African civilisation, religion, language, and art. It argues that materials collected in Africa and often hidden in the basements of European museums have been used against Africans as well as black people in the Caribbean, Europe, and the USA, making them look down on a rich cultural heritage.
The film is held in the June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive (JGPACA). To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film’s release, The Africa Centre, along with partners SOAS and AFFORD bring you a series of screenings and panel discussions to continue the debate and discussions around the restitution of African Art.
Among the panelists will be international curators, filmmakers, writers, cultural activists, and academics, including the filmmaker himself. The JGPACA and The Africa Centre’s event will focus on Restitution: Africa and The Diaspora’s participation and the role of cultural organisations such The Africa Centre.
- Uzoamaka Madu – Chair (Strategic Communications Consultant)
- JC Niala (Writer with a background in Anthropology at The Horniman Museum. Also African Collections Researcher coordinating the project; Rethinking Relationships and Building Trust Around African Collections)
- Sani Sani (British Nigerian Visual Artist and Activist)
- Prof Yaw Owusu Frimpong (Director School of Communication, Univ of Ghana)
- Kwate Nii Owoo (Filmmaker – You Hide Me; Founder of Media Research Unit, (IAS), University of Ghana)
This film if os particular significance not only because of the subject matter, which is very important and relevant, its first-ever screening five decades ago was at The Africa Centre!