I can’t quite recall the circumstances — clandestine, I seem to remember — in which at some point in the late 1970s or early 1980s I watched Africa Addio. Am I deceived in thinking it was banned then? I’m not sure.

Certainly, this controversial 1966 film — later described as a “shockumentary”, and given its title ("Farewell Africa”), considered racist for suggesting that as the continent shrugged off the shackles of European colonialism, brutish violence and heartless indifference were its inevitable replacements — left a vivid impression...

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