Farewell Africa / Africa addio (1966)

4.0 out of 5

Set against the backdrop of a tumultuous period of history the documentary team behind Mondo cane were well placed to create a unique historic record of a defining phase of human history as it drew to a close.

Unfortunately while this Riz Ortolani scored effort did have the potential to create such a record it is pulled together in such a way as to create a shock documentary that seems almost anachronistic in it's outlook. While it was inconceivable that the filmmakers could have any notion of the magnitude of what it was that they are documenting the often flippant commentary and colonial mindset illustrate a work of first rate film making but second rate and by then already dated polemic.

The upheaval of the times lends itself well to the Mondo lens and much of the conflict and natural history style footage is exceptional. The resulting Africa addio as an unsettling, visually stunning and extremely effective and bloody shock documentary.

Not recommended for the squeamish or the easily offended.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics