How does storytelling participate in the decolonisation process?

For centuries, Western colonisation was a system of political, economic and cultural domination over a large part of the world; a domination which, right up to the present day, has deeply marked societies. How do filmmakers from colonised societies deal with this past and how do they work with it? Are there "postcolonial" and emancipatory aesthetics? How can we account for the diversity of historical situations, while avoiding the twofold pitfall of splitting history into divergent accounts or, on the contrary, of enclosing it in a binary logic that would always lead to the opposition between ex-colonised and ex-colonisers?

Art & EngagementDecolonisationMemory & History

Tuesday 14 March


Espace Pitoëff - Grande salle

sold out - in case of cancellation, tickets will be put back on sale before the screening

Followed by the debate "How does storytelling participate in the decolonisation process?"

English / French

In partnership with the SSI - Canton of Geneva, Helvetas, s United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and TV5MONDE


Alain Kassanda Filmmaker, director of the film "Colette et Justin"

Sanjeewa Pushpakumara Director of the film "Peacock Lament"

Toni Kamau Producer, director, screenwriter and founder of “We are not the machine” a production company based in Kenya

Moderated by

Noémi Michel Assistant professor and outreach worker in the field of critical black and postcolonial studies

This debat is preceded by the movie:

Compétition - Documentaire de création

Colette et Justin

By Alain Kassanda

Of Congolese origin, Alain Kassanda retraces his family history and that of the Belgian colonisation of the Congo, and its later independence. In this very intimate film, he successfully situates the major political milestones in the history of the Congo through the use of archived and family footage, the recollections of his grandparents, and the addition of a poignant voice-over. This film questions the dual perspective of colonisation and immigration, from the point of view of those who lived through it, and those who inherited it.

  • Section Competition - Creative documentaries
  • Original language(s) Lingala & French
  • Subtitle(s) French & English

AfricaDécolonisationMémoire & Histoire

Alain Kassanda


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Rights holder

  • Alain Kassanda


  • Alain Kassanda
Production country
France & Belgium
Swiss Premiere