The Long Song Goodbye

Posted: 11/11/18
By: Hugo
Tags: Inua Ellams

To mark the 100th Anniversary since the end of the First World War Fuel is pleased to share this specially commissioned film of Inua Ellams performing his own, powerful poem - The Long Song Goodbye.

The Long Song Goodbye, a spoken word piece by award winning poet and playwright, Inua Ellams, has now been adapted for film by director, Michael Garrett, in honour of the Centenary of the WW1 Armistice.  Ellams’ distinctive lyrical style recalls the untold stories of African soldiers brought to Europe by their European colonisers to fight the Great War.  Told through the fictional character of Jero, it dramatises the particular horror of the warfare in Africa and displays how this led to the first seeds of rebellion against colonialist and imperialist powers of Sub-Saharan Africa.

See the video here: