Goodbye Uncle Tom is possibly the most politically incorrect “shockumentary” you’re ever likely to see. A disgusting, perverted, apparently hysterical, look at the slave trade in the mid 1800s by Italian directors Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi.
Filmed almost entirely in Haiti with virtually the whole population of Port-au-Prince as extras, Goodbye Uncle Tom is the story of two documentary filmmakers who go back in time to the pre-Civil War American South to film the trade in enslaved Africans.
Accused of racism in 1966 with the release of their Africa Addio – Adios Africa or Africa Blood and Guts in English – the Italian directors came up with this ‘Art House’ shocker by way of apology, supposedly. But this ain’t Alex Haley’s Roots: The Sage of an American Family (1977)–it is a graphic, vicious and violent depiction of slavery as carried out less than 150 years ago and more recently.
We apologise in advance if some of you are offended by the scenes of brutality, nudity and violence in this film intended for adults only. The entire movie of Goodbye Uncle Tom is available on YouTube in ten-minute segments, but we wanted to show it here in its entirety to illustrate just how mentally, morally, and spiritually corrupt and inhuman man can be to his fellow man. With so much talk in cyberspace currently on how God must have cursed Haiti to reap such destruction on the country; the significance or not of history, voodoo rituals, and the question of reparations, we thought you might like to see a glimpse of just what life was like for many millions of enslaved Africans.
As with the Jewish Holocaust, we believe that the true horrors of the transatlantic slave trade and its consequences for the under-development of Africa and people of African descent should be taught in schools everywhere, so that we may never reproduce similar conditions for any group of people at any time in the future. What say you?
“The horror! The horror!”