You Hide Me (Director's Cut)

You Hide Me (Director's Cut)

In the year 1970 a remarkable, outstanding and controversial documentary film entitled “You Hide Me” on the colonization of African Art in the British Museum, London shook the world. Written, produced and directed by Ghanaian film maker Nii Kwate Owoo (SeeWest Africa Magazine issue No. 2806 week ending 26th March, 1971). The flm which became an instant hit and a legend exposed the policies of European colonial regimes which in establishing their rule, attempted to wipe out all traces of African civilization, religion, language and Art. Employing a clever mixture of ruse and audacity, Nii Kwate was able to outsmart the Museum authorities and its entire security system, to gain access into its secret underground vaults. The film “You Hide me” revealed for the first time, hundreds of thousands of stolen and hitherto unseen rare Asante treasures and Art works after the British “Sagranti War” and invasion of Kumasi by Sir Garnet Woseley, as well as other treasures looted by their expeditionary forces when they ransacked the City of Benin in 1897. The film showed how these and other African treasures are buried deep in basements beneath museums throughout Europe and America.

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You Hide Me (Director's Cut)