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Forgotten Royalty: The true story of African kings that were exiled into obscurity

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19.8.2019

Forgotten Royalty: The true story of African kings that were exiled into obscurity ForgottenRoyalty

On an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, a story about lost African royals is told through history’s strongest conduit – film.

It was also a place of exile for those the Portuguese wanted to hide away from the world, and in the documentary

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"Africa has remained the centre of my inspiration – which is why I made this film," says Kamwendo.

– and decided to pursue a character to bring the story to life.

Mosco Kamwendo speaking at a conference about the four royals on Terceira at the City Hall. Photo: Gabi Zietsman)

The film was also awash with beautiful imagery of lush greenery and classic Portuguese architecture of Terceira’s capital – Angra do Heroismo – juxtaposed with the sandy African bush of Mozambique, Fatima continuing her journey in the back of a tuk-tuk.

While on Terceira, these four Africans were forced to be baptised, given new Christian names while politicians and other Portuguese elite paraded them as"noble savages" taken under their wing – but what it really was was a final nail in the coffin of their link to their homeland, their African identity whitewashed under the guise of evangelical colonialism.

will be starting its worldwide film festival run, with plans to enter it into the South African circuit as well.

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