On 21 November 2021, to mark the 50th anniversary of Médecins Sans Frontières, we shall be screened the documentary Stop Filming Us, in which Joris Postema examines whether a Western filmmaker can ever really capture “real life” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Are their good intentions more likely to become a source of chaos and frustration for locals?
The screening will be followed by a debate on how to go about representing the Global South from a Western perspective, with a particular focus on how images can be used to favour certain interests depending on what is shown and how it is portrayed, with possibly only a tenuous connection with reality.
The screening and debate is an initiative of Médicos Sin Fronteras' EnfocAH project, which aims to throw the spotlight on issues which often struggle to reach the headlines.
Part of the ACCIÓ>CINEMA project
- Sunday 21 November, 6 pm to 7.30 pm
- CCCB Hall
- Documentary in English, French and Swahili with subtitles in Spanish and Catalan
Debate (onsite and live stream)
- Sunday 21 November, 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm
- CCCB Hall and live steam
- Simultaneous interpretation into Spanish and Catalan (both onsite and for the live stream)
- Free of charge
- You need to sign up in advance
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The debate will feature the following panellists:
Joris Postema studied economics and ethics at the University of Amsterdam and worked as a slow-motion operator for adverts and sporting events before discovering the power of documentary filmmaking. His films include FC Rwanda (2013), Daan’s Inheritance (2016) and Vrienten & Vrienten in: Basmannen (2019).
Bernadette Vivuya is a photojournalist and documentary filmmaker based in Goma (Democratic Republic of the Congo). She reports on issues related to human rights, the environment and the exploitation of raw materials, bearing witness to the resilience of the people in this conflict-affected region.
François Dumont is a journalist and communications director for Spain at Médecins Sans Frontières. He specialises in international relations and conflict management and has worked in Ethiopia, Gaza, Haiti, Libya, Iraq and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, among others.
Silvia Omedes is a cultural manager, independent curator, photography agent and publisher. She has led the Photographic Social Vision foundation since 2001.