Episode 8: State of Decolonisation in Africa


  • political vs. economic independence
  • humanitarian aid
  • economic restructuring
  • sovereignty of state vs. people
  • epistemological decolonisation

Patricia Pinky Ndlovu

Concept & Content Development
Thando Tilmann and Tamar Sarkissian

Film Team
Dr. Johanna Ickert, René Arnold and Andrew Berry


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