Restitution ?

Africa's Fight for it's Art


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.

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  • 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 - Gorka GALLIER et Erik TOLLU
  • 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