In The Colonial Misunderstanding Jean-Marie Teno sheds light on the complex and problematic relationship between colonization and European missionaries on the African continent. The film looks at Christian evangelism as the forerunner of European colonialism in Africa, indeed, as the ideological model for the relationship between North and South even today. —jmteno.us
Jean-Marie Teno was born in the Cameroon in 1954 and has lived in Paris since 1977. He belongs to the generation of ´young´ African filmmakers of the 90s. With committed short, documentary and feature films, he wants to open the eyes of Africans and Europeans to colonialism, neo-colonialism, migration, dictatorship and the abuse of power in Africa.
´Europeans should know more about Africa,´ says Jean-Marie Teno, now living in Paris. In his short, documentary and feature films, he has shed much light on the dark spot ´Africa´ in the eyes of Europeans. In whatever medium he works, Teno is a sharp critic of authoritarian regimes like those which he has experienced in the Cameroon and other African states. His works also focus on the colonial past and current neo-colonial conditions, even in his own métier.
Just as Africa´s political spectrum is still determined mainly by the former colonial powers, so its film-production is financed mainly by the earlier metropolises and the… read more
It may seem like a very typical African documentary, but deeper, it's the story of two cultures colliding, and how each handles it. On one hand, the westerners try to smother the African culture, but on the other, the African culture absorbs and turns the western culture into its own beautiful identity. 4/5