Moi, un Noir. Reloaded

country, year
Spain, 2015

genre
documentary

running time
65′

directed by
Ro Caminal

language
Spanish, Wolof

subtitles
Slovene, English

synopsis

Moi, un Noir. Reloaded, by Ro Caminal, is a tribute to Jean Rouch, and provides an update / re-interpretation of Moi, un Noir, the film the French anthropologist made in 1958. While the original film was directed to satisfy eager curiosity of the western gaze for knowledge about otherness from the safe distance of a film, Reloaded tries to minimize cultural differences and avoid the exotic, particularly in reference to corporeality. The film seeks to work through two gazes simultaneously and not meet either of them. To the Western viewer, the pleasure of voyeuristic security is denied, showing lives that do not differ from their own, thus confronting them to consider whether as citizens they exercise that power position that legitimizes cultural difference as a producer of inequalities. Non-Western viewers are urged to consider colonization as a historical period that is not closed, which like the capitalism that generated it is undergoing continuous mutations, allowing it to change its surface while maintaining the dynamics of domination and exploitation imply in it. We invite them to consider that, while it is true that the West offers the possibility of economic improvement, there is a high emotional and psychological cost for it. Under these assumptions, the film plunges into the daily lives of the main characters, into their thoughts and reflections on their experiences as black, Muslim and immigrant subjects in contemporary Europe. – Ro Caminal


about the author

Ro Caminal has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona (UB, 2012) and a degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology (URV, 2013). She produces films, working from the indiscipline, in a hybrid space that fluctuates between art and social sciences. She has participated in numerous collective and solo exhibitions in Europe, Asia and Africa. She has been awarded with various prizes such as El Contextador (Tarragona, 2013), the Ciutat de Valls 2015 and Bienal Guasch-Corantny’s Prize. Moi, un Noir. Reloaded is her first film debut.

festivals, awards

Biennal de Valls, 2015: Guasch-Corantany Award; Ankulegui 2016, san Sebastian; Ethocineca. Viena, 2016; Gallery Ethiopiques, 2016. Saint Louis du Senegal; TIVA 2016. International Video Festival, Taiwan.