Lost

Kingdoms

of Africa

The Berbers of Morocco

Producer | director

Documentary | history

Lost Kingdoms of Africa
The Berber Kingdom of Morocco

1 x 60 min for series 2 of Lost Kingdoms of Africa

Made with IWC Media for BBC2 and 4

First TX on BBC2 in 2011

 

Presented by
GUS CASELY-HAYFORD

Exec producer
RACHEL BELL

Series Producer
ROSS HARPER

Produced and directed by
IAN LILLEY

We know less about Africa's distant past than almost anywhere else on Earth. But the scarcity of written records doesn't mean Africa lacks history. It is found instead in the culture, artefacts, and traditions of the people. Art historian Dr Gus Casely-Hayford explores some of the richest and most vibrant histories in the world, revealing fascinating stories of complex and sophisticated civilisations: The Kingdom of Asante; The Zulu Kingdom; The Berber Kingdom of Morocco; The Kingdoms of Bunyoro & Buganda.

It's easy to think of Islamic North Africa as Arab, rather than African. But the land that is now Morocco once lay at the centre of a vast African Kingdom that stretched from northern Spain to the heart of West Africa. It was created by African Berbers, and ruled for centuries by two dynasties that created tremendous wealth, commissioned fabulous architecture, and promoted sophisticated ideas. But art historian Dr. Gus Casely-Hayford reveals how the very forces that forged the kingdom ultimately helped to destroy its indigenous African identity.

© 2015 Ian Lilley