This Spring’s Torturer’s Collection features a feminine look such as Gina’s black and red, belted floral print dress. This relaxed style also includes a practical touch: the quick-drying material allows the wearer to seamlessly transition from an interrupted drowning (water-boarding) session to a working lunch.
There are a number of British Pathé newsreels about the Mau Mau uprising available online and they’re worth screening in part because they evince clear parallels with our own moment.
It’s strange to see Dirk Bogarde– generally more well-known for the films he did with Harold Pinter and Joseph Losey or even The Night Porter— in this late imperial romance. Though there’s room here for a soft liberal critique of British colonialism in Africa– Bogarde’s Alan Howard is poisoned by his hatred of all black Kenyans in the aftermath of his brother’s murder by the Mau-Mau– the film argues for a kind of enlightened paternalism. There were a whole string of films devoted to this version of the Empire as an ultimately beneficent if sporadically violent enterprise (Zulu, Something of Value, etc.) during the era of decolonization.
When Destiny is Manifest:
Emile De Antonio’s provocative 1968 documentary In the Year of the Pig. There are distressing images in this film. But also long talky patches. Non-required.
These excerpts could prove useful to a discussion of Ravenous and The Sorrow of War.
Two entries from Ness, Immanuel, Cope, Zak (Eds.) The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-imperialism. NY: Palgrave Macmillan. 2016.