A video showing a woman dressed up in royal British attire throwing coins at vulnerable children, while they are seen scrambling to collect them, is going viral on social media.
The claim states that it shows Queen Elizabeth II mistreating African children.
However, this video does not show Queen Elizabeth II. This is a clip from a short film Enfants Annamites by Gabriel Veyre. It was filmed in Vietnam and was released in 1901, which predates the birth of the Queen.
The claim with the video suggested that the Africans won't mourn Queen Elizabeth II's death because she has mistreated Africans in the past.
WHAT WE FOUND
We conducted a reverse image search on some of the keyframes of the viral video and came across a Wikimedia Commons page, a public media file repository, which carried the screenshot from the black and white version of the viral video.
The image was described as a still from Enfants Annamites which was directed by Gabriel Veyre, shot between April 1899-March 1900, and released in 1901.
The description added that the image showed two women, supposedly the wife and a daughter of Governor General Paul Doumer, throwing coins in front of Vietnamese children, who were formerly referred to as Annamites.
The page also carried a longer version of the clip.
Taking a cue, we searched for 'Enfants Annamites, Gabriel Veyre' and came across the French website Catalogue Lumière which also carried a screenshot from the video.
The title of the report read – 'Annamese children collecting sapeques in front of the Ladies' Pagoda'.
We also found an IMDb page about the short film.
Clealry, an old short film from 1901 which does not show Queen Elizabeth II is being shared to falsely claim that it shows her mistreating African children.