Africa Addio, film poster, 1966.

Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, An Italian Film (Africa Addio), 2012, HD film. © the artist. Courtesy the artist and Marcelle Alix, Paris. Produced by Pavilion, Leeds and Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Nantes

Made in 1966 by Italian filmmakers Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco E. Prosperi, Africa Addio is a shock-documentary that purports to depict the savagery and turmoil that followed the end of the colonial era in Africa. Banned for many years, the film caused considerable controversy due to its graphic depiction of human and animal atrocities and its inclusion of footage shot in the aftermath of the Zanzibar massacre. Africa Addio has been both decried as a murderous and racist lie, and heralded as an extraordinary work of non-fiction filmmaking.

In 2012 artist Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc took Africa Addio as the starting point for his film An Italian Film (Africa Addio), which confronts the contemporary and historic exploitation of copper in the Katanga region of Congo. This installation is presented in the Festival exhibition Metal at mima. Using Africa Addio as a backbone, Abonnenc, in collaboration with curator Will Rose, presents an illustrated screening that considers the social and political implications of watching and showing such a film. 

The screening is part of the Festival’s Postcolonial Cinema Weekend, which explores the complex histories and material traces of past colonial inequalities through contemporary filmmaking

Curated by AV Festival. 


Mathieu Kleyebe Abbonenc with Will Rose: Africa Addio

(includes all screenings on Sat 8 and Sun 9 March only)

Sun 9 March 2014, 2pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

Stepney Bank
Newcastle NE1 2NP

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Year: 1966
Runtime: 140min + Q&A
Country: Italy
Language: Italian with English subtitles