African Mirror /
A pure, magical paradise, filled with naïve, beautiful people, naked and serene, unconcerned with the false worries of the despoiled West. This is what Africa looked like through the eyes of traveler-writer and documentarian René Gardi, and for many years, his were the eyes Europe saw through when it looked at Africa. In dozens of films, television shows, and books, and in tens of thousands of photographs, Gardi tried to depict a perfect primordial world. But many of his images were carefully planned, staged and directed, creating the false impression that Africans are inferior, and required white man’s assistance to become fully human. Director Mischa Hedinger acquired Gardi’s archive in its entirety and used this treasure trove of materials to construct the multilayered, paradoxical image of Africa, as seen through Western eyes.