Continuing our exploration of a list of movies that resonate against WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT… — selected by playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury — we next feature two older problematic movies that turn the lens on Africa.
THE JUNGLE DRUMS OF AFRICA (1953)
The daughter of a medical missionary in Africa comes face to face with ferocious beasts and killer crazed savages as she carries on her father’s work after he dies. She befriends two adventurers proscpecting for uranium, and before long she finds herself in danger from crooks trying to get the uranium for themselves and a local witch doctor that sees her as a threat to her power.
THE JUNGLE BOOK (1967)
Jackie says: “You’d be surprised how many people think this is set in Africa — mostly because the animals have ‘jazz’ sounding voices which make them sound black…which makes them African?!”