Secret History of Mau Mau (1999)

Exposing key aspects of one of the most disturbing chapters in British imperial history.

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Our weekly documentary film curated by the editorial team at 21WIRE.

This documentary exposes key aspects of one of the most disturbing chapters in British imperial history: the suppression of Kenya’s Mau Mau rebellion against their British colonial masters. The film shows how in the wake of World War II, a flailing British Empire had tried to suppress this anti-colonial uprising through campaigns of military terror and by attempting confining some 1.5 million Kenyans to a network of brutal concentration camps and deploying the British military to patrol the country’s villages. It was a tale of systematic violence and high-level cover-ups, and remains shocking even today.

Run time: 50 min
Production: Channel 4 (1999)

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