Reflections and highlights from Producer, Co-Director @hlnstvs on our upcoming doc #Elikia #Repost @hlnstvs ・・・
Some clips from Elikia, the feature length I am producing and co-directing with @mklkalamo, and an amazing crew @standwithcongo. Its been a year now since we started shooting those images; interviews of activists, footage of demonstrations, trying to cover the local and global movement for peace and democracy in the DRC.
There is so much I want to say about the project, but mostly, I am super humbled to be part of an international crew that thinks outside of the box regarding ethics and narrative. I think I’ll just throw a bunch of food for thoughts/shots here that has marked the spirit and the thinking behind the film; - Most people can tell the difference between Brazil and Peru but not Namibia and Mozambique or Togo and Congo.
- People invest in subsaharian Africa through foreign non-profits and companies and never in local businesses and entrepreneurs - and there is plenty of successful ones
- Media coverage about the continent always focusses on nature, ressources, traditional culture or conflict, and never fast growing-connected economies and human capital
- There are almost never African writers/ directors/ producers/ crew members in international films about any African topic
- Too often, there is a bunch of westerners (politicians, ambassadors) explaining stuff in docs about the African continent like locals can’t speak for themselves or there are no local experts and scholars - People care about fictional Wakanda but can’t put the real, actual Wakanda that fuels all of our electronic devices on a map
- There was barely a class about African cinema in my cinema studies curriculum, but plenty about Asian and European cinema.
Stay tuned :))
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