From Oxford to Niger. Conrad’s Heart of Darkness serves as a guide book to Voulet’s trail of destruction. The clip shows the beginning of Femi’s journey.
Clip 2: The river
Just as Marlow follows Kurtz by river, so Femi begins his trail of Voulet. Setting the context of the country and Femi’s thoughts on imperialism.
Clip 3: On the trail of Voulet
“…the trail of Voulet’s column was sickeningly easy to follow…” From Klobb’s diary entries as he follows Voulet “…a red glow in the sky, another village burning…”
Clip 4: The road of tears
The route Voulet followed is now Niger’s main highway, Route Nationale 1. In many villages and towns along the road live communities who still remember and live with the devastating impact of Voulet’s massacres.
Clip 5: Voulet confronts Klobb
Femi visits the site of Klobb’s confrontation with Voulet. Klobb was sent to relieve Voulet of his command, when his mission began to threaten French interest.
Clip 6: At Voulet’s grave
Voulet’s final resting place dominates the town square. Feelings in the community run high while the colonial killer’s grave is tended.
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