Restitution ?

Africa's Fight for it's Art

  • Direction

    Nora Philippe
  • Author

    Nora Philippe
  • Coproduction

    ARTE France
  • Broadcaster

    ARTE France


A unique art-history saga, this film recounts the troubling story of the African artwork that fills European museums, and whose return is now being demanded by their countries of origin. Snatched up like trophies by colonizers, the works fertilized European art before acquiring recognition as universal masterpieces in their own right. But in Africa, their absence is still traumatic. Through the burning question of their possible restitution, the film invites us to reconsider both our cultural heritage and museums’ role in reinventing our relationship with Africa.
  • Available versions

  • Format

  • Distributor

    Cinétévé Sales - Gorka GALLIER et Erik TOLLU
  • 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.
  • Music edition

  • With the participation of TV5MONDE and the support of the PROCIREP-ANGOA, Fonds Images de la Diversité, Fondation pour la Mémoire de l'Esclavage et du CNC