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Le Blog sur les femmes africaines dans le cinéma est un espace pour l'échange d'informations concernant les réalisatrices, comédiennes, productrices, critiques et toutes professionnelles dans ce domaine. Ceci sert de forum public du Centre pour l'étude et la recherche des femmes africaines dans le cinémas.

09 September 2013

Ng'endo Mukii’s animation/mixed-media film: Yellow Fever, about African women and skin bleaching

Ng'endo Mukii's animation/mixed-media film: Yellow Fever, about African women and skin bleaching.

In my film, I focus on African women’s self-image, through memories and interviews; using mixed media to describe this almost schizophrenic self-visualization that I and many others have grown up with.

The clip opens with an excerpt from the trailer of Yellow Fever, a film by Kenyan film-maker Ng'endo Mukii. She then talks about: what she has been doing as an animator; how the Eurocentric idea of beauty has led to skin bleaches and hair straighteners; the Colour Advantage of those with paler skin; her own childhood experiences as someone with paler skin; and the harmful nature of the chemicals used.

Text sources: and YouTube

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Link: Ng’endo Mukii (Director/Animator/Editor)