African Mirror

Europeans in particular have always projected their ideas of the continent onto Africa in grand fashion. This specific view is less a consequence of (post-)colonialism than its precondition. African Mirror depicts this complex relationship by way of example. In Switzerland, a country without its own colonies, travel writer, photographer, filmmaker and public speaker René Gardi (1909–2000) shaped a whole generation’s image of Africa. Using Gardi’s extensive stock of footage, mainly of Cameroon, and recordings as well as texts from his unpublished diaries, Mischa Hedinger has constructed a film essay using only archive material, which seeks less to create a portrait of an adventurer than to carry out a work of cinematographic field research. It is about the transcontinental history of media, their means of production and how in 20th-century Switzerland both were influenced significantly by one flamboyant character. African Mirror does indeed function as a mirror which equally serves to reflect on present-day images of Africa – and not only for the Swiss.
by Mischa Hedinger Switzerland 2019 German,  Swiss German,  French,  Subtitles: English 84’ Colour & Black/White World premiere Documentary form

Crew

Written and directed byMischa Hedinger
EditingMischa Hedinger, Philipp Diettrich
DramaturgyPhilipp Diettrich
MusicMachinefabriek (Rutger Zuydervelt)
Sound DesignFabian Gutscher
ProducersSimon Baumann, ton und bild, Urs Augstburger, Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen

Produced by

ton und bild GmbH

Biel, Switzerland

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Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen

Zürich, Switzerland

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www.srf.ch www.srf.ch

World sales

ton und bild GmbH

Biel, Switzerland

+41 78 7702083

www.tonundbild.ch www.tonundbild.ch

Mischa Hedinger

Born in Jegenstorf, Switzerland in 1984. He studied Video, as well as Design, Art and Film. Hedinger lives and works as a freelance filmmaker and editor in Zurich.

Filmography

2013 Assessment; 49 min. 2019 African Mirror

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Dates

Feb 08 21:30

Kino Arsenal 1

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Feb 10 20:00

Werkstattkino@silent green

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Feb 12 11:00

CineStar 8

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Feb 15 19:30

CinemaxX 4

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