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||IMDB Rating: 7.2/10 from 84 votes
||Release: 24 January 2006 (USA) /
||Director: Philippe Diaz,
||Stars: Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, Foday Sankoh, Hassan Hujazi, Hinga Norman, James Jonah, Joseph Melrose, Julius Spencer, M.A. Carol, Michael Fletcher, Mike Lamin, Pascal Lefort, S.Y.B. Rogers, Steve Crossman, Zainab Hawa Bangura
||Synopsis: The story of the war the international community waged against civil war stricken Sierra Leone.
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I lived in Sierra Leone for over two years; leaving the country about
18 months prior to the conflict. I lived in the town where the rebels
(the Revolutionary United Front or RUF) established it's base for the
duration of the war. I'm well familiar with the political background to
the war and followed the war in detail, albeit from abroad, through a
wide range of sources (including personal contacts).
The film 'Empire in Africa' makes the point that all of the various
armed factions involved in the conflict committed human rights abuses.
This is absolutely correct. However, the large majority of human rights
abuses, particularly those committed against civilians, were committed
by the RUF and their allies, the Armed Forces Revoluntionary Council
(AFRC). I recommend that interested persons read the online reports at
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. To suggest that all
factions were equally responsible for the atrocities committed against
civilian Sierra Leonians, as the film does, is simply dishonest.
The film uses purchased footage of atrocities being committed out of
context, suggesting that groups other than the RUF/AFRC were
responsible. In one scene, an unarmed man is executed while the
narrator discusses abuses committed by UN forces. However, the
soundtrack from the original footage is audible in the background with
the perpetrators clearly speaking Krio (the national language of Sierra
Leone). The UN peace-keeping forces were drawn from other West African
countries where Krio is not spoken.
The film depicts, through narration and interviews, the RUF as devoted
to purging the country of foreign corporate interests and corrupt
politicians in order that the proceeds of the country's mineral wealth
benefit all Sierra Leonians. Make no mistake, the RUF was a criminal
organization that sought to control the country for the sole purpose of
enriching themselves and their own foreign benefactors (primarily
Charles Taylor in Liberia). The truth is that there was very little
foreign investment in Sierra Leone prior to the war. The country was
simply too poor, too corrupt and too unstable to attract investment.
The most lucrative sector of Sierra Leone's economy is diamonds. The
diamond trade was (and still is) controlled by government parastatals,
local chiefs and, primarily, by the Sierra Leonian-Lebonese business
cartel. These were not corporate actors nor foreigners.
The film also examines the role of foreign peace-keeping forces in the
country and argues that the conflict was exacerbated by international
power politics. In fact, the 1990's were a period of utter indifference
to the problems of Sub-Saharan Africa by Western nations. The West
turned its back on Rwanda, Congo, Somalia, Sudan, Liberia and the
HIV/AIDS epidemic. The film pointedly blames Nigeria for interfering in
the conflict. But, the truth is that Nigeria acted because no one else
would. It was only through the actions of Nigeria and the UN that this
"low intensity Rwanda" was stopped.
I could go on like this for several more pages, but I'll spare you. In
short, please do not subject yourself to scenes of graphic brutality
and confusing political analysis just to give the apologists for one of
the most brutal regimes in the history of the world a chance to make
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Ahmad Tejan Kabbah
, Foday Sankoh
, Hassan Hujazi
, Hinga Norman
, James Jonah
, Joseph Melrose
, Julius Spencer
, M.A. Carol
, Michael Fletcher
, Mike Lamin
, Pascal Lefort
, S.Y.B. Rogers
, Steve Crossman
, Zainab Hawa Bangura
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