Exhibition, video installation and animated short film

A brave warrior. A missing skull. The fight for restorative justice.

The Skull of Mangi Meli is a project examining Tanzania’s colonial past whilst under German rule through the events of one leader in Old Moshi, Kilimanjaro region called Chief Meli. His fierce resistance to German occupation of territory saw his eventual execution in 1900 and his skull taken to Germany for scientific research. For over 50 years the grandson of Chief Meli has been calling for the return of his grandfather’s skull. To this day, the search continues.

The Skull of Mangi Meli will comprise of a short animated film and exhibition installation telling the story of this valiant freedom fighter using archival sources and oral historical accounts from the Old Moshi community and the Tanzanian Diaspora. The exhibition will be shown in Berlin, Germany (November 2018 to January 2019), Dar es Salaam (February/March 2019) and Old Moshi, Tanzania (from March 2019) where the exhibition will remain.

Artistic direction, concept, script, animation  Konradin Kunze
Concept, script, dramaturgy  Sarita Lydia Mamseri
Storyboard, drawings  Amani Abeid, Cloudy Chatanda
Animation  Sharron Mirsky
Sound Design  Dr. Andi Otto
Historical consultancy  Dr. Holger Stoecker, Prof. Arnold Temu
Community consultancy, managment Old Moshi  Gabriel Mzei Orio
Voices  Nkwabi Elias Ng'hangasamala and others
With help from  Isaria Anael Meli

A Flinn Works Production in coproduction with Ethnological Museum Berlin and Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik - Tieranatomisches Theater (TA T) at Humboldt University Berlin. Supported by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, Goethe Institute Tanzania and Between Bridges

October 2018-January 2019 Exhibition in Berlin (TA T Humboldt-University Berlin)
from Februar 2019 onwards Exhibition in Dar Es Salaam und Old Moshi


„Als Deutscher kann ich nichts aus einer afrikanischen Perspektive beschreiben“
Interview mit Konradin Kunze Goethe-Institut