On Al Jazeera: The French-African Connection

Broadcast

On Thursdays during August and September 2013, Al Jazeera will screen three documentary series that spotlight the complex and topical relationship between France and Africa.

Premiering on Thursday, 8 August 2013, The French-African Connectionis a gripping three-part series that tells the dark and dramatic history of France’s relationships with its former African colonies.
 
The French-African Connection is a brutal and nefarious tale of corruption; massacres; dictators supported and progressive leaders murdered; weapons-smuggling; cloak-and-dagger secret services; and spectacular military operations.
 
The series includes interviews with former oil barons; investigating judges into corruption scandals; former French ambassadors to African states; former French secret services; African presidents; and Francois Mitterand’s son.

The first episode premieres on Thursday, 8 August 2013, with the second and third episode premiering on 15 and 22 August respectively.

Watch  the promo here:
 
Premiering on Thursday, 29 August 2013, Black France is a three-part series exploring the complicated relationship between France and its black colonial subjects, and later citizens.
 
Travelling from 1889 to the present, this fascinating series weaves together archive and testimony to build a record of contemporary French black history over almost 130 years.
 
From Africa, and also the Caribbean, thousands travelled to France - first as soldiers to fight and die for France and then as migrant labourers.
 
France officially declares itself colour blind. There are no official surveys according to race, so nobody knows for certain how many black citizens there are. Estimates vary between three-five million out of a population of more than 61 million.  This series looks at the history of African and Caribbean immigrants settling in France and their long struggle to become the French citizens of today.
 
The first episode premieres on Thursday, 29 August 2013, with the second and third episodes premiering on 5 and 12 September respectively.
 
For more information, visit www.aljazeera.com.