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RESTITUTION? AFRICA'S FIGHT FOR ITS ART

Nora Philippe / France / 2022 / 82 min

Should Western museums return works of art and cultural artefacts to Africa? A film that poses the most pressing questions to the sharpest art historians from North and South.

Should Western museums return works of art and cultural artefacts to the former colonies in Africa from which they originated? Hundreds of thousands of historical works and objects are today on display in Western museums, or stored in warehouses and archives. In Africa, their absence is a traumatic subject. Meanwhile, pressure is mounting to acknowledge colonial atrocities – and to do something about them. In a thought-provoking montage of archival material and interviews with art historians from both North and South, ‘Restitution’ uncovers some of the most pressing – and immensely complex – issues surrounding the decolonisation of Western cultural institutions and their self-understanding.