In the original film, Belgian artist Paul Haesaerts strives to reduce Congo masks to a portal upon which to elucidate the experience of the African people to him, a people he regards as “strange”. In this reinterpretation by director Matthias De Groof, also from Belgium, the French voice and narration, the colonizer’s language, leaves the stage, and thus we hear the masks speak. They look back at us and, in Lingala, the Bantu language, carry the winds and rays of one of the most renowned texts by poet Aimé Césaire: “Discourse on colonialism”. *(C.A)
Matthias De Groof
Matthias De Groof (1981) Belgium. Filmmaker and scholar. His award-winning films "Lobi Kuna" (2018), "Palimpsest of The Africa Museum" (2019) have been selected at IFFR, Le FIFA and the Berlinale, among others. His edited book "Lumumba in The Arts" (2020) reached the "top-100 books to escape the news". He has held fellow appointments at the New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Waseda University in Tokyo.
Short Waves Festival (2021)