For decades, Swiss traveller René Gardi (1909-2000) explained the African continent and its inhabitants to us. In books, television programs and films, he waxed poetic about the beautiful naked “savages” and the “pre-modern” era in which they lived. This supposedly idyllic world became Gardi’s paradise, as Africa was transformed into a projection screen for the desires of the audience back home. The film AFRICAN MIRROR tells the story of our colonialist image of Africa using materials from Gardi’s archive and shows how we have refused to take an unflinching look into this mirror to this very day.
Misha Hedinger ( born in 1984) is a freelance filmmaker and editor. He studied video at the Lucerne School of Art and Design, and film at ECAL in Lausanne. In 2013, he realised his first extended-length documentary film ASSESSMENT, which was honoured with the Carte Blanche Award for up-and-coming filmmakers at Duisburger Filmwoche. Hedinger lives and works in Zürich.