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About: FW: REPLIES: Mau Mau on film

Thu, 8 Oct 1998 17:53:49 -0400

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    Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998
    From: Samuel S. Thomas, Washington U.

    Another Mau Mau film is _Something of Value,_ based on Robert Ruark's novel.
    It stars Rock Hudson as a vaguely English landowner, and Sidney Poitier as
    his childhood friend turned Mau Mau guerrilla.

    Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1998
    From: Alison Quammie, Schomburg Center-New York Public Library

    I seem to recall a film series entitled "End of an Empire" which focused on
    then Gold Coast, Nyassaland and Rhodesia. There was significant
    documentation of the Mau Mau. I have the tape at home and can check the
    credits for distribution information.
    Hope this helps you. Let me know if you need further info.
    [EDITORIAL NOTE: _End of Empire_ was a series produced by Brian Lapping for
    Granada Television, 1985. Contents: The beginning of the end-India, engine
    of war-India, the Muslim card-Divide and quit-Malaya-
    Palestine-Iran-Egypt-Aden-Cyprus-The Gold Coast-Kenya-
    The rider and the horse-Rhodesia].

    Date: 2 Oct. 1998
    From: Peter Limb

    There are two other films I have noticed:
    _Mau-Mau._ {Motion picture} Anargyros Film Library, 1972.
    4 min. si. b&w. super 8 mm. (Highlights of history)
    Summary: Shows captured Mau-Maus in Kenya in detention
    Tells how white Africans arm themselves in defense, and shows Jomo Kenyatta
    confronting British officials.
    _No easy walk. Kenya_ {videorecording} / Acacia Productions ; producer, J.
    Edward Milner, Bernard Odjidja. New York, NY :
    Cinema Guild, 1988. 1 videocassette (60 min.)
    Summary: Chronicles the history of colonialism and the struggle for
    independence in Kenya, tracing the history of Kenya's opposition to white
    rule from the arrival of the first settlers in the nineteenth century to the
    Mau-Mau rebellion in 1952.

    [addendum: I might add that Martin Mhando remarked to me recently that:
    "I can remember SIMBA, a Hollywood production of the 50s, which basically
    tackled the issue from the colonialist perspective. I think that film was
    all about Mau Mau."]

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