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A journey into the heart of darkness

After the Oscar-nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” Raoul Peck has presented a cinematic document that is as multi-layered as it is much discussed: “Rottet die Bestien aus!” Starting with the injustice of the colonial powers, he exposes the ideology of white supremacy that is still deeply embedded in us today. The four-part ARTE series paints an unsparing picture of European colonialism. From the genocide of the American First Nations to the trade with enslaved people to the Shoah: a film essay, across 600 years of history, a journey into the heart of darkness. Personal, fast-paced, evocative.

As part of the Long Night of the Sciences, the Humboldt Forum, in cooperation with ARTE and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, will show all four one-hour parts of the series on one evening, each of which can be discussed with Michael Pesek afterwards.

Course of events

18:30 Introduction by Dr. Michael Pesek (University of Hamburg)
19:00 Part I – The disturbing arrogance of ignorance
20:00 Follow-up discussion / short introduction
20:15 Part II – Who the hell is… Columbus?
21:15 Follow-up talk / short introduction
21:30 Part III – Killing at a distance or how I enjoyed the trip
22:30 Follow-up talk / short introduction
22:45 Part IV – The bright colors of fascism
23:45 Post-talk

It is possible to visit individual program points of the ARTE Film Night.


Michael Pesek (born 1968 in Neuruppin) studied theatre studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin from 1990-1997. He then worked as a research assistant for the history of Africa at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin until 2010 and wrote his doctoral thesis on German colonialism in East Africa. Since 2010, Pesek has been, among other things, a substitute professor for the history of Africa at Humboldt University and the University of Hamburg. He is also the author of several books on European colonialism and the First World War in East Africa. His current research project deals with the fight against sleeping sickness in the British colonies of East Africa.

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