The Indentured Archipelago: A short film

Over the past three years I have been researching the geography of Indian indenture in Mauritius and Fiji, the connections between the two, and the wider connections with other indenture importing colonies of the British, French, Dutch and Danish empires. I decided to make a short film to bring to life selected cases from the archives in Mauritius, the first British colony to commence using Indian indentured labour, and the last, Fiji. The multilingual nature of Mauritius and Fiji during the indenture era is portrayed in the film and using witness statements, petitions and letters found in the archives, a voice is given to these labourers, set against the backdrop of contemporary cane field landscapes.

The film can be viewed here:



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