Africa Addio is a 1966 Italian documentary about the end of the colonial era in Africa. The film was released in a shorter format under the names Africa Blood and Guts in the United States and Farewell Africa on UK VHS. The film was shot over a period of three years by Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi, two Italian filmmakers who had gained fame (along with co-director Paolo Cavara) as the directors of Mondo Cane in 1962. This film ensured the viability of the so-called Mondo film genre, a cycle of “shockumentaries“- documentaries featuring sensational topics, a description which largely characterizes Africa Addio.
Some people say that Africa would have modernized anyway, without colonization, and that the colonization only hurt the country, but the fact is that Africa never would have modernized at all without colonization by the Western Europeans.
Its not far-fetched to say that Western Europeans modernized Africa. Without European intervention they might be centuries behind. They were continent living in the stone age for thousands of years. Science wasn’t really anything important to them. It wasn’t until European contact that they were brought out of the stone age. Of course their backwardness was what made it so easy for those Western European powers (8 countries from Europe have colonies, other 40 never have colonies no slavery) to claim land in the Africa.
Colonization didn’t really hurt Africa because there wasn’t much to hurt.