The Colonial Misunderstanding

Director: Jean-Marie Teno
Country: Cameroon
Year: 2004
Running Time: 78 min.
Language: English, French and German

The Colonial Misunderstanding, Jean-Marie Teno, Cameroon, 2004, 78 min.
Germany’s genocidal war against the Herrero people in Namibia was a precursor to the policies of the Nazi regime. The film shows a bold exploration of Germany’s “African past.” Specifically, its attempts to colonize parts of Africa through religion and trade. It offers a provocative picture of the relatively short, but horrific colonial history of Germany in Africa.

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About the Director

Jean-Marie Teno

jean marie tenoBiography: Jean-Marie Teno, Africa’s preeminent documentary filmmaker, has been producing and directing films on the colonial and post-colonial history of Africa for over twenty years. Films by Jean-Marie Teno have been honored at festivals worldwide: Berlin, Toronto, Yamagata, Cinema du Reel, Visions du Reel, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Liepzig, San Francisco, London. Teno has been a guest of the Flaherty Seminar, an artist in residence at the Pacific Film Archive of the University of California, Berkeley, and has lectured at numerous universities. Most recently, he was a visiting artist at Amherst College as a 2007-08 Copeland Fellow.

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Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Yellow Fever Taximan (1993, 1998);
Afrique, je te plumerai / Africa, I Will Pluck You Clean (1993, 1998);
Head in the clouds (1997, 1998);
Clando (1997, 1998);
Mister Foot (1998);
A Trip to the Country (2000);
Alex’s Wedding (2004, 2011);
Le Malentendu colonial (2005, 2006, 2007);
Sacred Places (2009);
Chief! (2006).

Filmography:
Hommage (1985);
Yellow Fever Taximan (1985);
La gifle et la caresse (1987);
Bikutsi Water Blues (1988);
The Last Trip (1990);
Mister Foot (1992);
Afrique, je te plumerai /Africa, I Will Pluck You Clean (1992);
Head in the clouds (1994);
Clando (1996);
Chief! (1999);
A Trip to the Country (2000);
Alex’s Wedding (2002);
Le Malentendu colonial (2004);
Sacred Places (2009).