Slavery Routes Episode 1 + 2

SA Premiere Festival Guest International Short

Before there was oil, there were slaves. The system that resulted in over 20 million Africans being taken by force, bound and beaten, sold and reduced to slavery has fundamentally shaped and defined the world around us. But how did Africa end up at the heart of the slavery route? To answer this critical question, The Slavery Routes takes us to the fall of the Rome, the subsequent Arabian Empire built from its ruins, and the trans-Saharan caravan routes that provided the beginnings of a 700 year vast network of human trafficking between Cairo and Timbuktu. In the 14th century Europe opened up to the world and Portugal was the first kingdom to assault the African coast, thus creating a new slavery route and the beginning of one of the world’s most miserable, heinous and condoned abuses of humans. An important film exploring the story of a world built on the backs of men and women relegated to less than human.

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French Institute Digital Lab Africa
Cape Town
Labia 3
Sun 3 June / 5pm + Q&A
Labia 3
Wed 6 June / 8.30pm
Tue 5 June / 8.30pm + Q&A
Daniel Cattier, Juan Gélas, Fanny Glissant
106 minutes


Fanny Glissant Director

Documentary producer for about a decade, Fanny Glissant joined la Compagnie des Phares et Balises (CPB Films) in 2012.

She produces history documentaries, some aired in prime time such as Dénoncer sous l’Occupation by Laurent Joly and David Korn-Brzoza, or 39-45: The Children’s War (39-45 : La guerre des enfants) by Julien Johan and Michèle Durren (Audience award at the Luchon Festival) and society & current affairs films like Syria – Children at war (Syrie, enfants en guerre) by Yuri Maldavsky, The Underworld & the French Republic (Les gangsters et la République) and Mob Empire (Trafics) by Frédéric Ploquin and Julien Johan. She also produces Arts & Culture movies, like Orson Welles, Shadows & Light (Orson Welles, autopsie d’une légende) selected at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival (Cannes Classics category) and Karen Blixen, an African night’s dream (Karen Blixen, songe d’une nuit africaine) by Elisabeth Kapnist. At the same time, she writes and directs documentaries: she attended the FEMIS Screenwriting workshop and she received the first prize for best Caribbean documentary scenario (Prix Azur). In 2018, she co-directed the series Slavery Routes.