King Leopold’s Ghost Film Discussion Topic

Posted on March 29, 2017


Yesterday, today, and for a tiny bit tomorrow, we will be viewing the film King Leopold’s Ghost in class. It has many implications for what we will be studying next unit after Spring Break – namely de-colonization in Africa after WWII and continuing problems on the continent after the departure of the Europeans. These issues, of  many of which which stem directly from European occupation, will culminate in the Rwandan Genocide of 1994.

What I would like you to do during the film is write a list of things that you think may contribute to problems down the road for the Africans, both in the Congo and elsewhere. Focus on tribal identity, European “management” techniques, culture, and subjugation. We haven’t covered what happens in the 20th century in Africa yet, so the purpose of this is for you to make an educated guess and to see if you’re right.

You should hold this list in your notebook, as we will come back to it later on. There is always the possibility of a continuity/change related question (on the AP Exam and in class) based on European colonization and Africa in the 20th Century.

If you have been absent, here is the film: