Film Screenings: We Carry It Within Us – fragments of a shared colonial past
We Carry It Within Us – fragments of a shared colonial past
Helle Stenum's 2017 documentary is a powerful interrogation of the legacies of Danish colonialism. The film is full of memorable insights into the postcolonial condition of Denmark communicated in very poignant ways.
2017 marks the centennial of the Danish sale of the Caribbean Virgin Islands to the U.S. In the documentary we see and listen to the colonial history told through the memories, experiences and reflections from descendants of former Danish Afro-Caribbeans on the Virgin Islands (an artist, a student, a writer an anthropologist) along with art and cultural historians who tell about Denmark and Europe's role in the enslavement and the transatlantic slave trade - and how the colonial history is present in today’s words, art, museums, education and wealth as well as in various types of memory and forgetfulness. 67 min.
Free with admission.