Les Diambourou: Esclavage et émancipation à Kayes – Mali


Slavery was officially abolished in French Sudan (nowadays Mali) by the French colonial administration in 1905 but effective emancipation of former slaves happened to be a very long process, which would still be topical beyond the Independence of Mali in 1960.
Our documentary film collects the memories of slavery in Kayes. By telling the story of those who resisted slavery by escaping their masters and by founding new independent and free communities in the district of Kayes in the first half of the twentieth century, this documentary film is a unique audiovisual archive of slave emancipation in Mali.

L’esclavage fut officiellement aboli au Soudan français (Mali actuel) par l’administration coloniale française en 1905, mais l’émancipation réelle des anciens esclaves devait se révéler un processus beaucoup plus long, qui continuera à être d’actualité bien au-delà de l’indépendance du pays en 1960.
Ce documentaire collecte les mémoires de l’esclavage à Kayes au Mali. En racontant l’histoire de ceux qui résistèrent à l’esclavage par la fuite et la fondation de nouvelles communautés libres et indépendantes dans la première moitié du 20ème siècle, c’est une archive audio-visuelle unique de l’histoire de l’émancipation des esclaves au Mali.



Dr Marie Rodet is a Mali expert with a MA in Politics (Rennes) and a PhD in African Studies (Vienna). She is currently a Lecturer in the History of Africa in the History Department at SOAS, University of London. She also convenes the MA Film and History programme and teaches on a number of undergraduate and graduate degree courses including “Muslim Societies in West Africa”, “Gender, Sex and Punishment in West Africa”, “Historical Perspectives on Gender in Africa” and “Slavery in West Africa in the 19th and 20th Centuries”.
She has regularly been to Mali since 1998. She spent almost 9 months in West Africa in 2003-2004 to research my PhD thesis. Apart from Mali, she has also been to Senegal, Burkina Faso, The Gambia, Ethiopia and South Africa.
Since 2008 she has been managing a project to salvage 100 years of archival materials in Mali in cooperation with the Malian Ministry of Territorial Affairs, the French Embassy in Mali and the authorities of the District of Kayes. During this project, she trained ten Malian assistant archivists in Kayes for four months.
Concomitantly, she has been working on her own research project and documentary film on slavery and emancipation in Kayes, spending in an all almost two years in Mali from 2008 to 2010.
Accounts of her current research have been released in several Austrian mass media. She has also given expertise interviews in French and English for France 24, BBC Afrique, BBC News, BBC World (TV and radio service), BBC 5 live, BBC 4, The Financial Times, The Independent, The Telegraph, Reuters and Science. She has also been providing consultancy for the Austrian Development Agency, the Austrian Red Cross, the BBC and the UN

Fanny Challier is a visual artist. Her photographs, videos, drawings encompass the complex relations between human beings and their environment, the “ecumene”. Through her travels to Mali, she got especially interested in different forms of housing environments.
Her exhibitions:
17 May – 8 June 2013 :
29e Rendez-Vous des Jeunes Plasticiens avec l’association Elstir, SAINT-RAPHAEL
21 September 2012 :
Parking Day, en collaboration avec Nicolas Boulet et l’association Cyclope
16-30 June 2011 :
Territoires, exposition collective à la galerie Michel Journiac, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, PARIS, 75
Barbara Glowczewski, Bahar Majdzadeh, Karen O’Rourke, Marie-Isabelle Ribes, Hanchen Tsai, Sabrina Biokou-Sellier, Renaud Baur, le LAAB (Laboratoire Associatif d’Art et de Botanique : Sabrina Issa, Nicolas Bralet et Hugo Roger)
curator: Karen O’Rourke
5 December 2010 – 2 January 2011 :
Exposition de Noël, quatrième édition, en partenariat avec le Magasin, Ancien Musée de peinture, GRENOBLE, 38
5 – 11 April 2010 :
Pratiques d’amateurs, sur l’invitation de l’association 234523, exposition collective, Maison des Arts, MALAKOFF, 92
9 – 20 May 2009 :
26e Rendez-Vous des Jeunes Plasticiens, avec l’association ELSTIR, exposition collective, Complexe Gérard Philippe, LA GARDE, 83
21 – 22 March 2009 :
Printemps de l’Image et de la Photographie, Espace Jean Monnet, ANNONAY, 07
10-11-12 February 2009 :
Exposition des diplômés 2008 à l’IUT de BOURGES, 18
23 – 25 February 2007 :
Grand Ouvert, exposition collective au Musée de l’Hospice Saint-Roch, ISSOUDUN, 36
10-11-12 November 2006 :
Off de la Biennale d’Art Contemporain, BOURGES, 18
June 2006 :
Exposition collective à Emmetrop, BOURGES, 18
October 2004 :
Eux Au Plat, exposition collective au Musée d’Art Moderne de SAINT-ETIENNE, 42

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