Audiovisuals : Claiming Presence (Event Description)
Telling stories is using your own voice and your own look over things to examine the world and to represent yourself in it. It is an opportunity to fight against exclusion, objectification and stereotypes.
It is about de-othering and de-colonizing the gaze, expressing difference and using our imagination to offer a bigger picture of who we are as Europeans.
The Afro-European Narratives project challenges participants to tell stories with words, but also with images and sounds, to enrich the representation and understanding of past and present and, most of all, to express current European diversity.
In 2018-2019, there have been many stories published on the African-European Narratives portal that use illustration, photography, video and other new media languages to de-othering Europe. Navigate through that Afro-European landscape on africaneuropeanarratives.eu.
Stories From Here and There
The audiovisual landscape represented in the Afro-European archive of stories was also the base for a documentary that integrates the gaze and the voice of participants. In parallel to the African-European Narratives web portal, this participatory documentary proposes another form of mosaïc presentation of how our different stories come together in today’s Europe.
Through the casting of some participants and stories, with the contribution of their voices and the images proposed by them, Madalena Miranda, a young Portuguese filmmaker, puts together a polyphonic documentary about the intricate presence of Africa in today’s Europe, through memory, post-memory, contrasting realities but also intercultural identities and an intense fusion of imaginaries.
As an ethnofictional object, this participatory documentary respects the multiplicity and actuality of voices that take part in it and empowers them by bringing them together through film discourse: an assembly of moving images, colours, old photographs, voices, fragile voices, like a multimedia overlay that goes back to the single time of a movie.