Programme

Activity

A look at colonial cinema (fully booked)

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Over the years, a number of films were produced on the Belgian Congo, particularly in the 1950s. Some of these sought to justify Belgium’s presence in the Congo, and to highlight the beneficial aspects of big business, the Church and the Belgian State in the country. Their discourse was paternalistic and tended to glorify the ‘civilising’ mission initiated by Leopold II. In this activity, the viewing of propaganda films will be followed by a discussion, with the aim of getting participants to think about how this discourse was constructed and the films’ contemporary resonances.

In cooperation with Brussels Chatterguides.

Practical information

Sat. & Sun. at 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00 (FR) (duration: 1 hour 30 minutes)

Lever House (HE2B-ISIB), Rue Royale/Koningsstraat 150, Brussels

Advance booking required. Up to 20 people per tour.