Shifting Perceptions: “Made in Africa” – A movie that could change the world

Thursday 05th, June 2014 / 11:10 Written by


Made in Africa - The Movie

If there will be any single movie that may change the way Europeans look on their fellow citizens on the continent in the South, it could be the upcoming documentary “Made in Africa” by René von der Waar und Geraldine de Bastion.

“Made in Africa” has given e a very promising impression: On the first public presentation of a raw cut version on re:publica 14 in Berlin, a mixed audience of bloggers, onliners and IT-experts – all visitors of Europe’s currently most important digital sphere conference – reacted with standing ovations and enthusiastic cheers. Obviously, the movie gave a perspective on things going on in Africa that was greeted as convincingly true and as long overdue change of perception. What is this movie about?

On a roundtrip in November 2013 through several countries, Geraldine and René met a “young generation of Africans on the rise, striving for success and independence”. The movie simply tells the story of “innovation and technological revolution” and its impact on African societies. If there is one single sentence, that says it all, it may be that mural in one of those ihubs, saying: “We’re not afraid of the future – BECAUSE WE MAKE IT”.

The idea behind the documentary ‘Made in Africa’ is to tell a new story. (…) ‘Made in Africa’ will portray leading figures in different countries, tell their personal story and connect them to the bigger picture of the dynamic changes the continent is undergoing. (…) ‘Made in Africa’ will break with clichés and let the viewer experience a side of Africa they have never seen before.” (Made in Africa: “The Idea”, 2014)

Currently, the feature-length documentary “about African start-ups, entrepreneurs and makers” is in its final phase of production. It is going to be aired on major European TV programms.

By the way: “Made in Africa” features some contacts that our friends at AfricaHackTrip made. A separate documentary on that border-breaking journey (“5 weeks / 4 countries / 9 hackers”) to “kick-off a continous exchange between the continents” is currently seeking support on indigogo: AfricaHackTrip – The Movie.

Have a look at the trailer of “Made in Africa” and listen to Geraldine explaining the concept of that documentary on TedX Hamburg!

Made In Africa – The Movie: Trailer One from René von der Waar on Vimeo.

Geraldine at TedX Hamburg: Presenting Made in Africa

Support AfricaHackTrip on Indigogo: “We went on the AfricaHackTrip to explore the vibrant East African tech scene. Now we want to share this great experience with you!”

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Martin is a news professional, driven by enthusiasm for facts, opinions and the sharp line between them. In his daytime job he keeps both eyes on online news and human interaction within the world's societies, economic systems and organizations. Besides that he's working with to establish a free exchange of news and information between Europe and Africa.

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