Africa's Fight for it's Art


A unique art-history saga on an urgent political and cultural issue, « Restitution? » tells the troubling story of the hundreds of thousands of African artefacts that fill Western museums, and whose return is now being demanded by their countries of origin. Snatched up like trophies by colonial powers, the works fertilized European artists before being celebrated as universal masterpieces. But in Africa, their absence is still traumatic, and comunities as museums ask for justice and repatriations. Will European museums and States eventually address their blind spots? Through a dazzling mix of archives, historical features that dialogue with stellar speakers from seven countries, the film explores what decolonizing cultural heritages means, and how art restitutions may redesign relationships between Europe and Africa.

  • Format

  • Author

    Nora Philippe
  • Technical team

    DOP: Cécile Bodénès
    Editor: Anne Souriau, Barbara Bascou, Tania Goldernberg
    Sound: Claire-Anne Largeron, Jocelyn Robert
    Music: Thibaut Kientz Agyeman
    Voice over narrator: Léonie Simaga
    Scientific counselor: Bénédicte Savoy
  • Cast

    Featuring: Bénédicte Savoy, Felwine Sarr, Hamady Bocoum, Kader Attia, Yala Kisukidi, Silvie Memel Kassi, Aïssata Tall Sall, Gabin Djimassé, Olabiyi Yaï, Vincent Négri, Nanette Snoep, Larissa Förster, Mboro.
    Shot in: Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Benin, Germany, France, Switzerland.
  • Distributor

    Cinétévé Sales
  • Music edition