Colonial crimes DW Documentary For more than a century, people were taken from their homelands and exhibited in human zoos.
They were displayed alongside animals. This little known and deeply disturbing part of colonial history played an important part in the development of modern racism.
Between 1810 and 1940, nearly 35 thousand people were exhibited in world fairs, colonial exhibitions, zoos, freak shows, circuses, and reconstructed ethnic villages in Europe, America, and Japan.
Some 1.5 billion visitors attended these events. Using previously unpublished archive material this documentary traces how racism was constructed and disseminated in these so-called ‘human zoos’.
Children, women, and men were displayed like exotic animals, and ordered in a hierarchy of "races."
They were cast as ‘Other’ in a manner that served to justify colonialism and described as ‘savage’. It is a little known and deeply disturbing part of colonial history.
Only a handful of the thousands of men and women recruited from the four corners of the Earth ever managed to tell their experiences.
This documentary tells the story of six of them: Tambo, an Aboriginal from Australia; Kalina from French Guiana; Ota Benga, a Pygmy from Congo; and Marius Kaloïe, a Kanak from New Caledonia. This documentary interviews historians and other experts to trace the connection between human zoos and racism. This piece of human history becomes tangible through the biographies of six victims: Petite Capeline, an aboriginal of Tierra del Fuego; Tambo, an Australian aborigine; Moliko Kalina from French Guiana; Ota Benga, a pygmy from Congo; Jean Thiam, a Wolof from Senegal; and Marius Kaloie from New Caledonia.
Their lives are portrayed in the historical context of the rise of the great colonial powers thanks to the work of historians and the help of their descendants. Analysis and commentary by knowledgeable experts also explore the origins of racism at the transition from supposedly scientific racism to everyday racism.
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Nancy Gedeon People were really dumb back then. There's no such thing as a subhuman. They were just evil. That's so sad.
Monte Carlo Well done DW on shining a light on this shameful history.
Aquacrystal78 By God these colonial people had no shame and yet some of their descendants are still shamelessly proud of this now.
최재혁 the fact that this was not that long ago shocks me.
merry France’s crimes in Africa I cry when I learn the dark history
kanka24 That’s how French history is, now giving lectures to other countries for human rights.
Black Lethal AND I JUST SAW SOME OF THIS CITIZENS FROM these COLONIALIST NATIONS SAYING THAT ITS THEIR LAND. PEOPLE ARE SHAMELESS
Pankaj Bhagawati And Hollywood made a movie glorifying The Greatest show on earth.
SuperKwame1 Belgium and The French have a lot of African Bloods on Their hands.
Tiktok Aesthetics I’ve never been more conflicted on liking a video b4. It’s educational yes but it’s hurts and so disturbing.
Highnoonshred As an educator this so needs to be part of our curriculum to help heal this world! Thank you soo much for your help to expose th truth!!!
Mundo Desconhecido Beyond tragic. Only God knows what these poor souls went through. May they rest eternally in peace.
Ragini Shah, This is by far the most disturbing thing I have seen. Can not even begin to imagine how those people must be feeling.
Angel Hernandez Amazing how We never really taught to learn important stuff like this in school and We are taught to never learn how to speak the language of politicians or our own court system they don't speak our mainstream language for a reason to oppress.
Brandon Breaker The devil and demons really exist. so there has to be a God there has to be so to answer to ..may all those souls find peace
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