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White Filmmakers in Black Africa

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The Vue D'Afrique film festival is coming up later this month. 

The festival aims to bring stories from African and Creole filmmakers to audiences here in Montreal. 

But recently, another film about Africa has been getting lots of attention. 

Kony 2012 is an internet "campaign" that went viral. A group called Invisible Children made a film about child soldiers in Uganda. 


The goal of Kony 2012 the campaign to move those in power to capture Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony. 

The millions of views the film got may sound like a filmmakers dream, but many have criticized the film, saying it is over-simplified and too American. 

Africa is a tricky subject. The continent holds an incredible draw for many Western journalists and filmmakers. There are so many stories to be told, but the fact remains: Westerners are not Africans. 

So how do we go about telling the stories that are not really OUR stories? 

Nathalie Barton is the co-founder of InformAction, a documentary production company. Catherine Hébert's film "Carnet D'un Grand Détour" or "Notes on a Road Less Taken" is now playing at the Excentris in Montreal. 

Listen to their interview with Jeanette:
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