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12 days

95'

Netherlands, 2020

Production : Doxy Films, EOdocs

Swahili, Dutch, English

French, English


Dutch Movies Matter Award 2020 - Movies That Matter Film Festival, Netherlands


Society



Synopsis


This documentary could easily have been another name on the long list of films about an African country as seen by a Westerner. But according to Dutch filmmaker Joris Postema, it is the local African artists and citizens who steer this film. He hands it over to a group of young people in Goma in the DRC who speak for themselves. They are critical of the flood of biased information that represents their country solely through images of war, violence, disease, and poverty, all of which serve to perpetuate stereotypes. Colonialism and the legitimacy of filming in one’s own country are among the issues raised by the local artists who cast a critical eye on foreign film production. The film shows a public who are engaged and interested in decrypting current events, while Postema’s camera lucidly captures testimonies and contradictory forces. (FIFA)

A word from Tënk


Honestly, if questions about unequal power differentials, decolonization, and post- or neo-colonialism preoccupy your mind even a little, whether you are a filmmaker or not–but particularly if you are–quite frankly, you cannot miss the opportunity to watch this film.

 

Joris Postema had a certain kind of courage (perhaps he didn’t have a choice?) to ask questions that concern the representation of the Other, cultures that are not one’s own, as well as one-way cultural constructions, in a very direct way. And yet, we continue to write, in the film’s synopsis, that the filmmaker gave voice to Africans from the Congo; he does not give them voice, they take it themselves! Listening to them shakes the structural foundations of our conditioned perceptions and it is high time that it be so.

 

These dynamics cannot be invisibilized in the name of freedom of expression; they need to be a crucial aspect of how we recreate our future world(s), both amongst humans and between humanity and the whole of the living world. This film is a snapshot of the very process of greening human relationships in the making of Western imagery. This film immortalises one filmmaker’s process of transformation.

 

 

Sylvie Lapointe
Filmmaker

 

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