26.04.2018 - Social and Human Sciences Sector

Watch the documentary series "Slavery routes" on TV

The UNESCO’s Slave Route Project supports the documentary series "Slavery routes". Co-produced by ARTE France and supported by other national and international partners, the series traces the history of slave trade from the VIIth to the XIXth century.

This initiative is the fruit of an extensive historical investigation. It is based on consultation with Salah Trabelsi, expert and member of the International Scientific Committee of the Slave Route Project; members of the Scientific Committee of the General History of Africa: Elikia M’Bokolo; Doulaye Konaté ; Paul Lovejoy et Catherine Coquery Vidrovitch ; and scholars, such as Edward Alpers, Isabel Castro Henriques, Miriam Cottias and Suzanne Schwar.

The Belgian TV channel RTBF will start broadcasting the series on 27 and 28 April, followed by ARTE on 1 May, and France Ô on May 2 and 9. A screening of the episodes 3 and 4, and a debate with the directors, Fanny Glissant and Juan Gélas, is held at the Cinéma l’Ecran, in Saint-Denis, France, on 26 April 2018.

In partnership with the Ligue de l’Enseignement Fédération de Paris (French Education Network of Paris) and ten town halls of Paris (France), several screening sessions for students and the general public will take place from 2 to 25 May. Each screening session will be followed by a debate with a member of the filming crew or a historian.

The documentary series, and its wide dissemination in the media, to the general public and in schools, meets the objectives of the UNESCO Slave Route project and invites us to act together to combat all forms of slavery.

Catherine Coquery Vidrovitch, historian and advisor during the documentary, will launch « Les Routes de l’esclavage : Histoire des traites africaines VIe–XXe siècle » ("The roads of slavery - History of African Treaties VI - XXth century"), published by Editions Albin Michel and Arte Editions. This reference book will be in bookstores as of 2 May 2018.

Watch the trailers below:

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