Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0779-7397
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Why is it still hard today to capture two bodies with a different skin colour together? Why do black performers experience so many problems with make-up and lighting on film sets? How come it is hard for filmmakers without a strictly Belgian background to get financial support for their projects? These are just some of the blind spots in filmmaking exposed by PRISM (2020). With PRISM, three filmmakers with a different skin colour, An van. Dienderen, Rosine Mbakam and Eléonore Yameogo, take on the task of ‘decolonising cinematography’. The result is a ‘gesamtkunstwerk’ that builds on the idea that the medium film favours white skins over darker skin tones, both technologically and ideologically. Liesje Baltussen and Steff Nellis entered into conversation with the makers of PRISM in various ways, ultimately creating a collective work of art in which they try to make every voice heard – and that includes yours, dear reader.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): decolonisation; dekolonisering; speculatieve documentaire; speculative documentary
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