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The Empire in Africa (2006)

The story of the war the international community waged against civil war stricken Sierra Leone.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ahmad Tejan Kabbah ...
Himself - President of Sierra Leone
Foday Sankoh ...
Himself - Leader of the Revolutionary United Front
Mike Lamin ...
Himself - Revolutionary United Front commander
Zainab Hawa Bangura ...
Herself - Representative of civil society
Hassan Hujazi ...
Himself - Rice importer
Joseph Melrose ...
Himself - United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone
Steve Crossman ...
Himself - United Kingdom Acting Ambassador
James Jonah ...
Himself - Minister of Finances - Sierra Leone Ambassador to the UN
Michael Fletcher ...
Himself - Honorary French Consul
Julius Spencer ...
Himself - Minister of Information
Hinga Norman ...
Himself - Minister of Defense
Pascal Lefort ...
Himself - Action Against Hunger
Pascal Lefort ...
Himself - Action Against Hunger
S.Y.B. Rogers ...
Himself - Revolutionary United Front spokesperson
M.A. Carol ...
Himself - President of the Chamber of Commerce
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The story of the war the international community waged against civil war stricken Sierra Leone.

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Absolute Propaganda
9 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I followed the situation in west Africa throughout the mid to late 90's and into the early 2000's. This film is an absolute tragedy of propaganda and revisionist history on the part of the RUF. The film consistently paints the UN and Ecowas in a negative light in contradiction to what is being shown on the screen. RUF commanders repeatedly contradict themselves sometimes denying the atrocities committed in their lust for mineral wealth out right. Charles Taylor is not once mentioned in the film. It's been categorically proved that a large part of the rebel activity was funded, planned and supported logistically by Taylor's government in a bid to siphon mineral exports from the country illegally. The film also makes no mention of the final British intervention that ended the war in May 2000. As someone who has followed the situation closely for some time it's unthinkable why this film was made.

Like most pieces of propaganda this movie weaves a convincing narrative filled with statements and images designed to elicit a knee jerk moral reaction. Unfortunately anyone without an understanding of the situation will probably be drawn in to the lies.


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