The Resource A Time There Was : Stories from the Last Days of Kenya Colony., (evideo)

A Time There Was : Stories from the Last Days of Kenya Colony., (evideo)

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A Time There Was : Stories from the Last Days of Kenya Colony.
Title
A Time There Was
Title remainder
Stories from the Last Days of Kenya Colony.
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Film director
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Language
eng
Summary
ItÔÇṣ early afternoon, May 1, 1955 ÔÇij and Donald McWilliams finds himself with other British soldiers in Ndyeia Gorge in central Kenya. At their feet a Mau Mau fighter lies dying, mortally wounded by their gunfire. Above them all, the vast skies of the Rift Valley. McWilliams is hardly out of his teens ÔÇij a child of wartime London, stationed to Kenya for his national service. Raised on the romance of Empire, heÔÇḍ imagined a great African adventure. But the look in the eyes of that dying rebel sets his life on another course. Over fifty years later McWilliams confronts his past with creative audacity and unflinching self-inquiry in A Time There Was: Stories from the Last Days of Kenya Colony. With historical rigour and visual lyricism, he combines his own photographic record of the times with original animation and archival imagery, crafting a film diary of singular beauty and a thoughtful account of the Mau Mau Rebellion ÔÇij one of the most contentious episodes in BritainÔÇṣ imperial history. The conflict arose from long simmering resentment among Kikuyu who had lost vast tracts of fertile land to white colonial farmers. The rebels were portrayed as depraved savages intent on attacking the civilizing forces of British settlers, but in fact atrocities were committed by both sides ÔÇij and Africans died in far greater numbers than Europeans. McWilliams frames his own story with testimony from other participants in the events. Mau Mau veteran Mwaria Njuma, who took the Mau Mau oath to reclaim the native birthright of Kenyans, details the on-the-ground struggle ÔÇô as a freedom fighter in the forests, and a prisoner in the British detention camps. Activist lawyer Achrroo Kapila, from KenyaÔÇṣ Asian minority, defended hundreds of political dissidents, including future president Jomo Kenyatta. And John Nottingham broke rank with fellow colonial officials to embrace the cause of independence. In the tradition of his mentor Norman McLaren, McWilliams employs a rich palette of filmic devices, finding fresh meaning in the random gestures and expressions of old newsreels and snapshots, and arranging his evocative narration within a soundscape that features Kenyan and Mau Mau songs alongside original compositions by jazzman Kevin Dean. With A Time There Was McWilliams completes a remarkable autobiographical trilogy that includes The Passerby and The Fifth Province, distinguishing himself as one of the great poetic essayists of Canadian cinema
Cataloging source
NZEN
Characteristic
videorecording
Date time place
Originally produced by National Film Board of Canada in 2009
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1935-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • McWilliams, Donald
  • Kanopy
  • Kanopy (Firm)
Runtime
87
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • McWilliams, Donald
  • Mau-Mau
  • War
  • Imperialism
  • Autobiography
Technique
live action
Label
A Time There Was : Stories from the Last Days of Kenya Colony., (evideo)
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Publication
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unknown
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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two-dimensional moving image
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rdacontent
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unknown
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1 online resource (1 video file, 88 min.)
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unknown
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online
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unknown
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computer
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rdamedia
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other
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digital, stereo., sound, color
Publisher number
1043291
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not applicable
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sound
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sound on medium
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  • other
  • remote
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  • kan1043291
  • (OCoLC)914219981
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other
Label
A Time There Was : Stories from the Last Days of Kenya Colony., (evideo)
Link
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 video file, 88 min.)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
digital, stereo., sound, color
Publisher number
1043291
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
  • kan1043291
  • (OCoLC)914219981
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other

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