Thursday 4th February, 2021

British-Nigerian poet Femi Nylander ventures into the Heart of Darkness, exploring a brutal colonial legacy on a journey of discovery in West Africa.

Travelling through Niger, Femi pursues the unknown story of a rogue French army captain, Paul Voulet, who descended into unspeakable barbarity in the conquest of the country in 1898; the very moment that Joseph Conrad was writing his famous novel.

Director Rob Lemkin (Enemies of the People) follows Femi as he traces Voulet’s path of murderous destruction, coming face to face with communities still traumatised by this centuries-old violence.

As his personal journey uncovers our hidden, shared history, Femi brings us face to face with the legacy of empire - a past with ramifications that must not be ignored today.

This screening was supported by The New Black Film Collective and followed by a live online Q&A with Femi Nylander, director Rob Lemkin and producer David Upshal. Hosted by head of film for Doc Society Shanida Scotland.