Into the Heart of Africa
1995, 24:00 minutes, colour , English
In 1990 a controversy erupted in Toronto around the Royal Ontario Museum's exhibit Into the Heart of Africa. Curated by anthropologist Jeanne Cannizzo, the exhibit sought to tell the story of Africa through the eyes of White Canadian missionaries and soldiers between the years 1875-1925.
A group of Black community activists (The Coalition For The Truth About Africa), outraged at what they deemed to be the racism that pervaded the exhibit, demanded that Into the Heart of Africa be shut down. For months they picketed outside the doors of the ROM insisting that the museum listen to their concerns. The ROM refused to heed their calls. Eventually, a core group of these young activists, who later became known as the ROM 11, were arrested and charged as a result of their protest. In the end, one member of the group, 24 year old University of Toronto history student spent 3 months in jail.
After the exhibit's Toronto run, Into the Heart of Africa was terminated. Influenced by the effectiveness of the Toronto protests, several museums across North America scheduled to host Into the Heart of Africa declined it. Ending the exhibit but not the controversy.
Rental and Sales
Single Screening Rental
Educational Purchase DVD (Bluray +$15)
5 Year Educational Streaming License, Digital File with DVD Circulation Copy
Gallery Exhibition and Installation, complete Media Request form for quote
Institutional Archival Acquisition, complete Media Request form for quote
Curators and programmers, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a login and password to preview Vtape titles online.
Screening and exhibition rentals and archival acquisitions include public performance rights; educational purchases or licenses include rights for classroom screenings and library circulation. When placing an order the customer agrees to our general online terms and conditions. Payment (or a purchase order number) and a signed licensing agreement must be received before media can be shipped to the client.