Eléonore Yameogo, An van. Dienderen, Rosine Mbakam

IndieLisboa 2022 •

Belgium, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Documentary, 2021, 78′

A collaborative work by the filmmakers An van. Dienderen (Belgium), Rosine Mbakam (Cameroon) and Éleonore Yameogo (Burkina Faso) that explores their different perspectives as filmmakers and their different experiences, as a result of their skin color. The film is divided into three parts, each of which is the responsibility of one of the directors, but the dialogue between the trio is made through recordings where they discuss opinions, conclusions and even lighting techniques.

For PRISM Belgian filmmaker An van. Dienderen invited Brussels based Rosine Mbakam from Cameroon and Paris based Eléonore Yameogo from Burkina Faso to make a film in which the differences in their skin color serves as a starting point to explore their experiences with the limitations of the medium. Photographic media are technologically and ideologically biased, favoring Caucasian skin. Such white-centricity means that the photographic media assume, privilege and construct whiteness. PRISM problematizes the objectivity of the camera and its inequality of power to tackle other inequalities in society based on skin color.