African Mirror

African Mirror

21st TDF: Greek Premiere

For decades, famous Swiss traveler, photographer and filmmaker René Gardi (1909-2000) recorded in his archives a distorted image of the African continent and its inhabitants. Confirming the European imaginary which projected Africa as a supposedly idyllic paradise, a land not spoiled by modernity, Gardi’s work formed the view of many generations in the German-speaking countries and far beyond. A documentary that reveals how visual representation and the production of racial stereotypes can serve as a form of colonialism, a mirror that reflects back to those who look into it a twisted image.

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No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Mischa Hedinger
Script: Mischa Hedinger
Editing: Mischa Hedinger, Philipp Diettrich
Sound: Fabian Gutscher
Music: Rutger Zuydervelt
Production: Simon Baumann, ton und bild
Producers: Simon Baumann
Co-production: SRF Schweizer Radio, Fernsehen Urs Augstburger
Narration: Markus Amrein, Rachel Braunschweig
Format: DCP
Color: Color/B&W
Production Country: Switzerland
Production Year: 2019
Duration: 84΄
Contact: Ton und Bild,

Mischa Hedinger


2013 Assessment
2019 African Mirror