If Where No Vultures Fly (1951) was an attempt to combine documentary, travelogue, action-adventure and colour filmmaking, then West of Zanzibar slims that concoction down by losing most of the documentary approach and focusing on the colonial action-adventure, personified here by stalwart hero Bob Payton (again played by Anthony Steel).
Where No Vultures Fly (1951) is, in many ways, an overlooked Ealing film of the early 1950s, being released after the one-two hit of The Lavender Hill Mob (June 1951) and The Man in the White Suit (August 1951), and belonging to a genre - colonial action-adventure - that is less well-covered in histories of the studio.
I liken the experience to childbirth: absolutely relentlessly hellish in parts, goes on painfully for a good long while but when it's all over and done, the feeling is of euphoria and achievement...and any tough memories are instantly erased. And, like having babies, I know I'll sign up for another at some point soon.
Breaking cycles of impunity that reward violence and undermine trust in the rule and institutions of law is an ongoing project. The ICC has an important role to play in this project, but to succeed it must do more to engage victims in its work from the very onset of its investigations and throughout its trials.
Four Kenyans who claim they were tortured at the hands of colonial authorities during the Mau Mau rebellion have won the right to sue the British gove...
My visit to the Dadaab refugee camp and a hospital for malnourished children in Wajir, Northern Kenya, today was both enormously upsetting and powerfully motivating. The women I met at Dadaab, their feet bloodied by weeks of walking to reach this refuge, told me harrowing stories of their journeys. Some had been robbed, others encountered violence. Some had even lost their children to hunger on the way. The international community - countries, UN agencies and non-governmental organisations - must now work together to prevent what is already a terrible crisis becoming a humanitarian catastrophe which engulfs this whole region of Africa.