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Det osynliga folket
Madubuko Diakité

Det osynliga folket (The Invisible People, 1972)
Diakité’s unique historical document, made together with Gary Engman and Nordal Åkerman, records the precarious living conditions of foreign students, immigrants, and in particular the African diaspora in southern Sweden in the ‘70s.

This new 2021 scan and subtitling of The Invisible people (Det osynliga folket) was made possible by CinemAfrica, Story AB, Christian Rossipal, Simon Klose, Rafaela Stålbalk Klose, and the Afro-Swedish History Week (The Museum of Ethnography).

Aspect ratio 1.37:1 (Academy)
Prod. format 16mm
Duration 00:30:00
Color BW
Year 1971
In text Madubuko Diakité
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About the artist

Madubuko Diakité

Madubuko Diakité is a Human Rights lawyer, researcher, writer, and documentary filmmaker born in Harlem in 1940. Diakité studied at the New York Institute of Photography but moved from the USA to Sweden in 1968 to study filmmaking and pursue a PhD in Cinema Studies. At this time he traveled frequently between Sweden, USA, and Nigeria, where he had partly grown up and would later found a film school. In 1992, he also earned a Licentiate in Law at Lund University, Sweden. Since then, Diakité has practiced law and researched Human Rights at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Lund and has been active in anti-discrimination organizations in Sweden. He has published several books, among them Film, Culture, and the Black Filmmaker and the autobiographical Not Even in Your Dreams. He continues to practice law and to research migration as a senior researcher emeritus in Sweden.