CinemAfrica Sweden 2013: ‘Yellow Fever’ Tackles the Sensitive Topic of Skin Bleaching

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Kenyan artist Ng’endo Mukii’s thesis film made at the Royal College of Art 2012, focuses on African women’s self-image and esteem. Mukii’s mixed media animation is a result of using her own memories and various interviews she conducted.

This film searches a modern take of Ng’endo’s documentation of the topic with observations from her niece, her own perceptions and experiences and some history  that uncovers the depth of this parallel thought.

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Sarah Baartman also known as "Hottentot Venus". She was paraded around Europe in something akin to a 'human zoo'.

Sarah Baartman also known as “Hottentot Venus”. She was paraded around Europe in something akin to a ‘human zoo’.

Ng’endo will be participating in a talk at the CinemAfrica festival on 17th February 2013. She will be holding the discussion along with Akosua Adoma Owusu who we have also featured here.Find out more about the CinemAfrica Sweden event Finding Her Roots here.

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Portrait of Ng’endo Mukii courtesy of CinemAfrica Sweden

5 thoughts on “CinemAfrica Sweden 2013: ‘Yellow Fever’ Tackles the Sensitive Topic of Skin Bleaching

    • Thanks for the comment! Yes, they do this in Asia too. Until the problems resulting from patriarchy and racism are tackled, it will be difficult to overcome these issues. We still find it difficult to talk about these things.

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  3. An intriguing discussion is definitely worth
    comment. I think that you should write more about this subject, it might not be a taboo subject but
    typically people don’t speak about these issues. To the next!

    Cheers!!

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