Bwana Kitoko

Tuesday, October 21st, 7:30pm

Bwana Kitoko

André Cauvin,1955, 80 min.

In 1955, just five years before Congolese independence, King Baudouin of Belgium paid his first visit to his nation's prized colony. Belgian filmmaker André Cauvin was enlisted to document the trip, and from this material created Bwana Kitoko (translated from Swahili as "Handsome Man"), a propaganda film that is at once a naked portrayal of colonial exploitation, and a valuable source of insight into the forces that have shaped life in Congo today.


Followed by post-screening discussion on colonial propaganda with Professor Matthew G. Stanard.