Everything is connected ! In particular our beautiful country of France with unsavory regimes in Africa. Our friendships and kindnesses towards various African plutocrats seem limitless. Bottomless. Without light. Obscure.
As the journalist Nicolas B. reminds us, on the site of mondafrique.com, everything is not all white, and everything is not all black. As Abderrahmane S. Or myself. All is not rosy indeed … The sky is not always blue for everyone. We know.
But still … A year after the publication of this excellent article (1), nothing seems to have changed under heaven where Mr S. the filmmaker evolved; given a multi Cesarean section for his “work” or work of propaganda, which has made our break on PAF as it did on red carpets around the world, the alarm message, justifying our various military interventions.
However I do not prejudge the quality of the film “T.” which I refused to do so far, that said in all honesty. Some say the excellent and poignant. Other upsetting a partisan platitude. Everyone will give his opinion, that is not my point.
But beyond the obvious subjective dimension of this director deemed the “best” of Africa, not more than that … Beyond this point of view, it might be legitimately described as neoliberal or with the times , which earned him the Caesars rain, recognitions, awards and various decorations, it is interesting to observe the political and historical dimension of this UFO of African cinema.
Let us then, and summarize the thread of this phenomenon, such a cultural earthquake.
Mr Abderrahmane S. was born almost a year after the declaration of independence of his beautiful country. One learns in history chapter of Wikipedia (2), about the French colonization: “There will be virtually no development of the country and just military domination by using traditional leaders in order to secure the territory (the antagonisms between different tribes will be used to advantage by the French) “…
What about this beautiful country in summary? Twice the size of France. Three and a half million inhabitants. Boundaries that appear to have been drawn in haste by a schoolboy five years, discovering the use of a ruler and a pen. Sand. More sand. A strategic position. Some iron ore, which right now is not worth much. Some fish coast. Therefore juicy fishing licenses to negotiate especially with the European Union. And essentially a lot of misery and desolation.
Conquered at the cost of a fierce combat from 1900, this ungrateful territory since had to suffer the serious divisions that were the fruits and the tools of colonial enslavement.
. Un peu comme les belges et nous-mêmes ensuite au Rwanda, avec les tutsis et les hutus. Créations donc d’antagonismes irresponsables et plus tard meurtriers même.
Our choice, we French, from the initial settlers, the Faidherbes and the Coppolani, to this day, through our dear General de G.: play one group against each other. A bit like the Belgian and ourselves then in Rwanda with Tutsi and Hutu. Creations that thus fostered irresponsible antagonisms and later even murderers. Dramatic schisms even more tragic that we should be held responsible, and that persist to this day.
At the time independence was granted with “caution” in all these countries, we had to make the choice of the strategic ally, whom to hand over the keys of power, in harmony. The choice fell on the Moors, called “Arab-Berber” (that’s like “Judeo-Christian” in our context actually …), from the Bedouin tribes, for us more liable to ruthless exploitation; at the expense of three quarters of the population, especially a good half, had the desire to be the slaves of those we had just knighted. Our partners: the slave masters of the desert. These, the same that are still partners to date; and who happen to be friends and employers of Mr S. the laureate…
What about human rights when it comes to being an ally in the sacred war against jihadist terrorism? “Chi! “. “Wallouh! “. “Makash! “. The beautiful message of Mr S. and his film “T.” he deserves some clever sacrifices our ethics in international relations …? An Ethics! Do we have only one?
At a time when the son of the President, whom Mr S. is paid handsomely to advise culturally, is having fun make a human target practice (3), it may not be considered such, and journalists who speak are stopped (4), well then released; at a time when the unfair trial of anti-slavery activists, including Birame (5), unjustly arrested there fifteen months, is bogged down in general indifference, particularly of the French … Could we not demand accountability this nice man image, Mr S., as to why he does not further told us his point of view, he who is nevertheless well placed, on the cruelty of slavery postmodernist his beautiful country, that he says he loves. Limitless. Without reservation. Especially as France! Could it be that it is not in their personal interest, nor in the French strategic interests, to denounce the iniquity of an oligarchic regime, plutocratic, we are helping, arming and support openly, whatever its excesses .
And then we would have been struck by the declarations of Francis H., F. Laurent, Jean-Marc A. and S. Nicolas, on the honor of France, the slayer of all totalitarianisms …
“The end of French Africa, my ass! …”.
Could we not rather also relay a little of both, the sad reality of the countries that have contributed and are still contributing to date to throw into mourning, bruise, render desolate and submissive?
Mr S. (6), please, when is a great movie to denounce the apartheid regime that remains in your own country, especially since your friend-employer, and the beautiful country of France you so cherish?
All Night Stand! # 40mars
(3) Chairman of Son http://cridem.org/C_Info.php?article=682775
(4) arrested Journalists: http://cridem.org/C_Info.php?article=682924
(5) Biram: http://cridem.org/C_Info.php?article=682744
(6) Mr S .: http://www.rfi.fr/afrique/20150226-timbuktu-pourquoi-tant-haine-abderrahmane-sissako-nicolas-beau-fespaco-2015/
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