Blackwash Film + Extras

For over 40 years, a global charity industry has been feeding western media with stereotyped images of poverty, war and suffering from the African continent.

What are the results?

BLACKWASH is feature-length documentary film mixing contemplative cinematography with provocative commentary exploring the side-effects of philanthropy.

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Blackwash Film
57m

Let go of poor Africa. Still today, the images and narratives of Africa resonating in western mainstream thought allude to an eternally poverty stricken people helpless in the economical, ecological and political turmoil of their own making.

While purporting to capture these stories to spark change for a people in need, this over-exposition has curated lucrative stereotypes in developed countries for companies in the charity sector. Blackwash is feature length documentary de-constructing this imagery, mixing contemplative cinematography, provocative social commentary and stylish contemporary film making.

Co-directors Keren Chernizon and Daniel Siqueira curate a collage of sights, sound and voices from cocoa farmers, fishermen, artists, athletes, activists and policy researchers across West Africa, contrasting western projections against the everyday diversity of it's citizens.

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Mike Anane – Environmental Activist
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Bill Osei Akomea – Lawyer
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Dankwah Foster – Social Worker
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#SelfieSaviors, fame and philanthropy in the social media era

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Participating: 15 participants
Duration: 1h 30m
Chapters: 11
Video: 57 Minutes

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