Yesterday's slaves: Democracy and Ethnicity in Benin

Eric Komlavi Hahonou (Producent), Camilla Strandsbjerg (Producent)

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    This film explores the birth of a new ethnic group, the Gando. The Gando are a Fulfulde-speaking group of slave descendants that emerged politically in the context of democratic decentralisation reform.
    Today, Gando, who were once seen as a sub-group of Fulani or Baatombu/Boo people, claim they should be recognized as a new ethnic group. This challenging claim should be understood as a quest for a full-fledged citizenship.
    The film presents the testimony of a former slave. His personal trajectory is both singular and archetypical. Entrusted to Fulani people because he was suspected as infant to be a witch, he was then cured from his witchcraft and enslaved his whole childhood. In many ways his life reflects the historical process of the Gando people’s physical and economic emancipation.
    See link to trailer on this webpage.
    StatusUdgivet - 2011

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    Udgivelsesmedie: DVD


    • Citizenship
    • Democracy
    • Ethnicity
    • Slavery

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