Thursday 22nd November at 9pm
Donald McWilliams, 2009, Canada
In October this year, a historic judgement was passed in favour of veterans of one of the most contentious episodes in Britain’s imperial endgame. Elderly survivors of Britain’s violent repression of the 1950s Mau Mau Uprising in Kenya won the right proceed with their legal claims against the UK government, a judgement likely to lead to similar claims from the victims of Empire around the world. The UK premiere of the exclusive documentary A Time There Was uses interviews and archival footage to give a unique insight into this episode of history.
Mau Mau Rebellion
This autobiographical documentary revisits the Mau Mau Rebellion of the 1950s in which director Donald Williams participated as a young British soldier stationed in Kenya for his national service. This conflict sparked by an anti-colonial uprising resulted in huge loss of life and a significantly shifted political landscape in Kenya. More than 50 years after the conflict, Williams confronts his past with audacity and unflinching self-inquiry.
For more information, visit http://www.theafricachannel.co.uk/a-time-there-was/
Watch this documentary on The Africa Channel on Sky 209 and Virgin Media 828
Thursday 22nd November at 9pm, repeated on Saturday 1st December at 9pm