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Robert Koch

Nomination 2023
CIVIS VIDEO AWARD – Social Media Format

Author:Stève Hiobi
Editorial:Stève Hiobi
Direction:Stève Hiobi
Producer:Stève Hiobi
Social Media Format

The video traces German African colonialism at the beginning of the 20th century. It follows the story of the medical pioneer Robert Koch and his experiments on Africans. Considered to this day a shining light of scientific research in Germany, Koch is regarded in Africa as a key representative of ruthless and inhumane exploitation disguised as medical progress – an aspect the institute named after Koch mentions only in passing on its website.

Excerpt from the jury’s statement
“The author single-handedly – without the support of any major institution – provides enlightenment on a relevant topic that has largely escaped public attention. This display of a shameful chapter of German colonialism in Africa does without any frills and reaches especially the younger TikTok generation with its platform-appropriate address.”

human rights    racism   

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