28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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director: Eléonore Yameogo, Rosine Mbakam, An van Dienderen
original title: PRISME
country: Belgium
year: 2021
running time: 77 min.


Is the movie camera a neutral medium, or is there an ideology behind it? The film's directors investigate how racism is written into the development and current format of filmmaking technology. Their online debates during film production show how controversial the topic is. Although white people are no longer the only ones standing in front of and behind the camera, film equipment is still adapted to white skin. The film consists of three diverse essays in which the authors share their own personal experiences with the bias of technology, confront stereotypical thinking about the film, and demonstrate how truly different it is to capture dark and white skin on film.

“For me cinema is the people, those who see it and take it with them back to their reality.” (Rosine Mbakam)


An van Dienderen (* 1971) is a Belgian director who combines documentary with anthropology and visual arts. Rosine Mbakam (* 1980) comes from Cameroon and works in Belgium, where she directs live-action, feature-length films and documentaries. Documentary filmmaker Eléonore Yameogo (* 1978) was born in Burkina Faso and works in France.

more about film

director: Eléonore Yameogo, Rosine Mbakam, An van Dienderen
producer: Natalie Gielen, Rosine Mbakam
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Creative Europe Media
Česká televize
Český rozhlas