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The Eye of Africa - Film Pioneer Hans Schomburgk
Year: 2019
Run-Time: 1 x 90 min.

Directed by Anna Schmidt

A co-production by NDR/ARTE and schmidtFilm
Available worldwide

Languages: German (ORIGINAL) , English (DUBBED)

The Eye of Africa - Film Pioneer Hans Schomburgk

Das Auge Afrikas - Der Filmpionier Hans Schomburgk

This documentary tells the fascinating story of Hamburg film pioneer Hans Schomburgk, the first filmmaker to capture the breath-taking beauty of Africa in moving images. A visually stunning journey through time from the past to the present, Schomburgk 's well preserved original films take us into mysterious, then largely unexplored regions interwoven with opulent images of modern Africa, capturing the rapid transformation of an entire continent and its history of colonialism, which can still be felt today. Schomburgk's films document disappearing cultures and an endangered animal world, as well as exploring the continent's colonial history. Incorporating Schomburgk's original images, the documentary brings the significant oeuvre of this film pioneer back to life. His films from former French, German and English colonies influenced his contemporaries' image of Africa. Long before Bernhard Grzimek, Heinz Sielmann or Jaques Perrin, he showed viewers the African wilderness in its natural state, as well as the inhabitants who seemed still barely touched by Western civilisation. He documented the rapid transformations on the continent over almost 50 years until, saddened by the destruction of the world he had once discovered, he bids farewell to his beloved continent in 1958 with his film ĞMein Abschied von Africağ (My Farewell to Africa).
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