This documentary series will relieves the story of the colonization of Central Africa from 1480 to the present day, outlining the ties that continue to link the region to the West by exploring key historical stages: the arrival of the first Europeans in Africa and the establishment of trade; the religious conquest; the abuses of slavery; the dividing up of Africa between imperial powers; economic excesses; the controlling of local elites; failed independence movements, predatory dictatorships etc...


This documentary series will be comprised solely of archival footage, iconographic documents, and animated sequences.    
Most of these film archives have never been broadcast before. All of the film archives from the colonial period were recently digitized : a total of 300 hours from this area.This ambitious project has been made possible thanks to the efforts of the Tervuren Museum, the Belgian Cinematheque, the Kadoc-Kul, three Belgian universities and three African universities.     

A large portion of the film will be made up of animated sequences, bringing emblematic figures to life, illustrating historic events that are not widely documented and recreating the sound and the look of the period.

National Broadcaster : RTBF Belgium 

International Sales :
RTV Slovenia
Histoire France
RTS Switzerland
Planète + Canada
Red Media Group Russia
TV5 Monde
Medi1Sat Morocco
Slovak TV Slovakia
TV Press Monde