By :
Jean-Marie TENO
Cameroon, 2004
78 min
A bible in one hand, a gun in the other, Europeans invaded Africa pretending to save it. Filmmaker Jean-Marie Teno explores the impact of colonialism on Africa of today
“When the first missionaries came to Africa, we had the land and they had the bible. They asked us to close our eyes and pray, and when we opened our eyes again they had the land and we had a bible”. Thus speaks Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first President. 
Jean-Marie Teno, one of Africa’s most renowned documentary filmmakers, explores the link between capitalism and Christianity, and the consequences of the two in Africa. In conversations with African and European as well as with missionaries, Teno illustrates how the traces of this sad and long era still still are noticeable in Africa. 
Cameroonian Jean-Marie Teno is particularly interested in Africa’s colonial and post-colonial history, which constitute regular themes in his films. 
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