Prior to my full time position at UA BookStores, I was asked to design a few posters for the University of Arizona’s Africana Studies program. I was given creative control over the project, knowing that it had to follow the University’s strict brand guidelines. The first was for Africa’s preeminent documentary filmmaker, Jean-Marie Teno. Jean-Marie has been producing and directing films on the colonial and post-colonial history of Africa for over twenty years.
I really like the following quote taken from an interview Jean-Marie Teno did in 2014.
“Colonialism is colonialism, from the people who wrote about it to the whole way it functions. Someone leaves his home and goes somewhere and decides to take control of a people, their land, and their resources. Colonialism functions exactly the same everywhere, actually. For me, it was important to deal with this logic. Also, there’s one thing that struck me, even in the news today: people start—and continue—to talk about colonialism in some parts the world. I was really shocked. I asked myself, “Is Africa part of humanity?” because if Africa was a part of humanity, how could people today be talking about colonialism in, say, Palestine? You still have the colonialist who goes to places and just colonizes space. It’s such a heavy word, you know. And we use it just like it was nothing. It’s almost like what happened in Africa never even existed.” -Jean-Marie Teno
Taken from an interview with Horst Rutsch, a writer and editor of the UN Chronicle magazine published in New York.
His film, Le Président, recounts 42 years of the Cameroonian political history, through the succession, the Independence, the Revolution, the murders, the death, the people and the power.
“It is the first time that a movie removes a President. The Cinema always arrives afterwards, to tell us the Arab Spring for example. Where was the Cinema before? The Cinema must be forward-thinking, open new doors and make the revolutions. I do not want to tell people what happened, I want to inspire those who will make it happen” -Jean-Pierre Bekolo