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Stop Filming Us

Stop Filming Us

Joris Postema

Netherlands | 2020 | 1 h 35 min
French, English, Dutch, Swahili |
Subtitles: French
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Available on Arts.Film from August 19, 2022

This documentary could easily have been another in 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 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 is engaged and interested in decrypting current events, while Postema’s camera lucidly captures testimonies and contradictory forces.
Director Joris Postema
Cinematography Wiro Felix

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Joris Postema

Joris Postema

Joris Postemas (1973) debut documentary FC Rwanda premiered at IDFA (2013) and was screened all over the world; from Ivory Coast to Denmark and from Canada to Italy. DOXY produced his second film Daan’s Inheritance which premiered at IDFA in 2016, followed by a cinema release. His third film Bass-Men — also produced by DOXY — premiered in 2019 and portrays famous Dutch bass player Henny Vrienten and his bass playing son Xander. Postema’s documentaries uncover stories that are hidden beneath the surface.

Biographies have been provided by third parties.
Bass-Men (2019) ; Daan’s Inheritance (2016) ; FC Rwanda (2013).

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