Stop Filming Us

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Showings

CAFILM STREAMING ROOM Fri, Oct 9 12:00 AM - Sun, Oct 18 11:59 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Country:Netherlands
Year:2020
Running Time:95 min.
Premiere Status:US
Language:English
Dutch
French
Swahili
Director:Joris Postema
Producer:Janneke Doolaard
Cinematographer:Wiro Felix
Print Source:DOXY
Note Writer:Shari Kizirian

Description

Screening note: This digital screening is available to view between 12:01am PT on Friday, October 9, and 11:59pm PT on Sunday, October 18, and is available to ticket buyers and passholders within the United States.

 

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Dutch documentarian Joris Postema sets out to show life in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s troubled northeast beyond the bleeding headlines of western news. What he ends up with is a stirring reflection on the complexities of cross-cultural representation. While training the lens on the former Belgian colony’s own image-makers—artists, photographers, and other filmmakers—Postema also flips the script to capture the frank, spontaneous exchanges among his largely local crew about what they should be shooting. Problems immediately arise with seemingly innocuous decisions like where they each should sit for a discussion and persist into bigger decisions like where to point the camera and who gets to ask the questions. The Congolese themselves are divided about the value of this, as they openly confess, but for Postema’s intended audience of do-gooder westerners, it’s a real eye-opener. As one crew member puts in the easiest terms imaginable, "the problem is not here with us but there with you." TV5Monde | CFI French Cinema Sponsor

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