African Mirror

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African Mirror

Mischa Hedinger
CH, 2019
Features, 84min, OmeU

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African Mirror

Mischa Hedinger
CH, 2019
Features, 84min, OmeU

Mo
28
Okt
21:15
Metro, Historischer Saal
Mi
30
Okt
16:00
Urania
Mit: 
René Gardi
Drehbuch: 
Mischa Hedinger
Ton: 
Fabian Gutscher
Daniel Hobi
Schnitt: 
Mischa Hedinger
Philipp Diettrich
Musik: 
Rutger Zuydervelt

Produktion: 
ton und bild
Weltvertrieb: 
ton und bild
Format: 
DCP
Farbe und Schwarz/Weiß

Der im Jahr 2000 verstorbene Schweizer Afrikaforscher René Gardi schwärmte jahrzehntelang in Büchern, Fernsehsendungen und Filmen von den schönen, nackten Wilden in einer vormodernen Zeit. AFRICAN MIRROR problematisiert diese geistige Aneignung einer fremden Kultur und Lebenswelt und zeigt, wie auch Bildermachen eine Form des Kolonialismus sein kann. Hedinger verwendet ausschließlich Materialien aus Gardis Archiv und arbeitet durch scharfe Kontrastmontage von Bild und Text sowie mit Hilfe von Zeitlupeneffekten heraus, wie brüchig und fragwürdig die Sehnsuchtsprojektion des Reiseschriftstellers in ihrer zynischbetulichen Onkelhaftigkeit war. (Thomas Mießgang)

In Anwesenheit von Mischa Hedinger.

 

René Gardi (1909–2000) was a Swiss travel writer, filmmaker, and public speaker who repeatedly visited and filmed in Cameroon over his lengthy career. AFRICAN MIRROR combines footage shot by Gardi and various media appearances with his writings in voiceover to create a portrait of a man and his repugnant views all the more chilling for their careful expression. For Gardi, Africa and its inhabitants were pure projection, at once a chance to expound on his specifically Swiss take on racism and colonialism and a film studio where crafting the desired images (and images of desire) was nothing to do with reality. Hedinger’s assiduous editing also reveals how Gardi was actively celebrated for these views, his influence touching development policy, education, and culture in the whole German-speaking world, even reaching the 10th Berlin Film Festival, another self-declared “window on the world”. Time passed and Gardi became old news, his films criticized, the word neo-colonialism invoked, his “studio” now in other hands. More time has passed now, but have the words of Cameroonian philosopher Achille Mbembe that open the film lost any of their urgency? “What we call Africa is a collection of wishes, longings and naïve fantasies. These are promoted, passed on and cultivated.” (James Lattimer)

In the presence of Mischa Hedinger.

Mischa Hedinger: STANDBY (2008, K), ASSESSMENT (2013), ARMEL, DÉVELOPPEUR (2014, K), ATELIER (2014, K)