Stop Filming Us

(Stop Filming Us)

Stop Filming Us

A Dutch filmmaker wanted to capture what the real Congo looks like on camera. He made a film exploring what African stereotypes the locals struggle with most often.

Director Joris Postema came to the Democratic Republic of Congo to make a film about the city of Goma. During the filming, troubles from the country's colonial past began to emerge. The Congolese collaborators put the director in awkward, even embarrassing situations, for example, when debating whether handing out sweets to street children is a manifestation of neo-colonialism. Gradually, it transpires that they have a completely different perception of African reality than the director had mistakenly assumed, thus pointing to a more general problem. While Congolese artists want to present a more positive image of their country, Western media and non-profit organisations focus mainly on war and poverty. The film's conversation about stereotypes raises many fundamental questions, including whether a European director can make a balanced film about the Congo.

About the film

Director: Joris Postema
Netherlands
2020 | 91 min.

Language: Dutch, English, French, Swahili

Subtitles: Czech, English
In the case of outdoor screenings, the films are shown only with Czech subtitles.

Czech premiere

Director

Joris Postema

Filmography
2020 - Stop Filming Us
2019 - Vrienten & Vrienten in: Basmannen
2016 - Daan's Inheritance
2013 - FC Rwanda

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