Africa Addio (Adios Africa) (Africa Blood and Guts) (1966)
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Africa Addio affords some journalistic integrity, which is sacrificed, as per usual and at most every opportunity, to find graphic animal deaths and women.
Audience Reviews for Africa Addio (Adios Africa) (Africa Blood and Guts)
The makers of MONDO CANE spend three years in Africa documenting the transition from colonialism to self rule, capturing massacres of both wildlife and humans. This is a difficult movie to watch, and to evaluate. On the one hand, there are the allegations that some scenes are staged, other scenes (such as the drawn-out killing of an elephant with spears) are needlessly exploitative and tasteless, and the entire tenor of the film seems skewed towards contrasting European civilization with the savagery of the native African. On the other hand, the directors unearthed an amazing amount of historically important footage of massacres and crimes against humanity that were going on in Kenya, Rawanda and other places in post-colonial Africa, which progressive Europeans of the time did not want to admit or see. A troubling film all around.
A hideous, racist and completely preposterous "documentary" that apparently is in full support of colonialism, the extermination of animals and black people, and has not a single ounce of care or concern for anything aside from the money the filmmakers hoped to (and most likely did, as they made more films) snatch from the pockets of countless viewers. Absolutely despicable. Appalling.
As a documentary, I'd give this a zero. It's more along the lines of propaganda film-making than anything else. However, as a period piece (filmed in 1962) it is very interesting. Can be slow-moving at times, but it has its moments. Pretty graphic violent footage.
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