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A Time There Was

Posted by lamacs On February - 27 - 2012

Stories from the Last Days of Kenya Colony, 2009

Donald McWilliams
English-born Donald McWilliams began filmmaking in 1971, after several years as an elementary school teacher. He made his first documentary in 1973 (Impressions of China). Over the years, McWilliams’ films became increasingly experimental. In 1999, McWilliams was nominated for an Oscar_ as producer and editor of Sunrise over Tiananmen Square.

A Time There Was: Stories from the Last Days of Kenya Colony is the last film of Donald McWilliams’ autobiographical trilogy. With historical rigour and visual lyricism, he combines his own photographic record of the times with original animation and archival imagery, crafting a film diary of singular beauty and a thoughtful account of the Mau Mau Rebellion‚ one of the most contentious episodes in Britain’s imperial history.

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