Director: Daniel Cattier, Juan Gélas, Fanny Glissant
Length: 4x52 min
Genre: Documentary series
It is the story of a world where the trade of enslaved people has drawn its own territories and borders. A world where violence, domination and profit imposed their routes. The history of slavery did not begin in the cotton fields. It is a much older tragedy that has been played out since the dawn of humanity. From the 7th century onwards, and for more than 1,200 years, Africa was the epicentre of a gigantic trade in human beings that spanned the entire globe. Nubians, Fulani, Mandinka, Songhai, Sosos, Akans, Yoruba, Ibos, Kongos, Yao, Somalis... In total, more than 20 million Africans were deported, sold and enslaved. This criminal system enriched and laid the foundations of the largest empires in the world. The scale of this traffic is such that it has long been impossible to explain all its mechanisms. Yet its history raises a fundamental question: how did Africa end up at the heart of the slave trade?