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by Mischa Hedinger


For decades the Swiss travel author René Gardi (1909-2000) elucidated the African continent and its inhabitants for us. In books, television programmes and films, he rhapsodised about the beautiful naked peoples and the pre-modern times in which they lived. The allegedly ideal world became Gardi’s paradise and Africa the surface on which to project the longings of those back home. The film tells the story of our colonial image of Africa.

international title: African Mirror
original title: African Mirror
country: Switzerland
year: 2019
genre: documentary
directed by: Mischa Hedinger
film run: 84'
screenplay: Mischa Hedinger
film editing: Mischa Hedinger, Philipp Diettrich
music: Rutger Zuydervelt
producer: Simone Baumann, Urs Augstburger
production: ton und bild GmbH, SRF - Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen
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