Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Tinto Movie Screening: human rights abuses in Equatorial Guinea

Another good event at Tinto Coffee House:
Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Written, produced and directed by Mischa G. Hendel, Austria.

An invitation from the movement of concerned citizens with Human Rights abuses in Equatorial Guinea.

Equatorial Guinea is the third largest oil producer in Africa south of the Sahara and the only African country with Spanish as official language. There are neither publishing houses nor libraries within the country. The government doesn’t show any interest for art and culture so the population stays isolated living under difficult conditions.

In this documentary, the “Literary Voices of Equatorial Guinea” quote from their literary creations and resume forty years of independence from Spain. Some do that from Guinea, others from exile.

They reflect the brutal tyranny of the first dictator Francisco Macías Nguema, analyze the role of Spain in the history of Equatorial Guinea and describe today’s situation with president Teodoro Obiang Nguema, who has maintained a pseudo-democracy for thirty years.

The documentary switches between Equatorial Guinea and Spain, between past, present and future, and points out at life in the discrepancy between African origin and European metropolis.

The film has interviews with well known Equatoguinean writers like Juan Balboa, Donato Ndongo, María Nsué and Guillermina Mekuy. In the film there are shots of today’s Equatorial Guinea and the Guinean diaspora in Spain as well as archive footage from the former Spanish colony.

A distant, lurid perspective from outside is prevented and voice-off comment renounced, to give space to the personal experiences and the stories of the authors.

Director Mischa G. Hendel (1976, Vöcklabruck, Austria) worked as draftsman and clerk before studying Africanology at the University of Vienna (2001-2006). Later he worked as a journalist for the Austrian newspaper Rundschau, assistant in the musical documentary The Hard-Ons vs Europe(2007) by Klaus Winkler, as well as editor of the broadcast Sweetspot (Radio Orange Vienna). Director of the documentary film Escribir para ser leído (Writing to be read,2010) and cinematographer of the theater performance Zeichensturm (Signstorm, 2011) with deaf performers, directed by Michikazu Matsune. At present, doctorate candidate and lecturer in the Department of Africanology at the University of Vienna.


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