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A   number   of   blind   people   is   asked   to   describe,   how   they   imagine   an   elephant.   Each   of   them   studies   diffrent   parts   of   the   animal’s   body,   then they   discuss   their   results.   One   of   them,   who   felt   the   elephant's   trunk   says:   „The   elephant   is   quite   soft   and   similar   to   a   long   snake.“   The   next one   means:   „An   elephant   is   like   a   large   roof   –   when   you’re   standing   beneath,   it   even   protects   from   rain.“ Another   one   describes   it   like   a   tree, which is so tall, that one can hardly put the arms around it.
Beyond Black and White - Mission in Zambia Documentary, GER. 2013. A film by Christoph Hertel Zambia   –   a   country   in   southern   Africa,   is   on   a   threshold-   the   threshold   between   complete   poverty   and economic    development,    between    backwardness    and    progress,    tradition    and    orientation    towards    western values,   between   political   inability   and   the   desire   for   self-determination,   as   well   as   the   urban   high   density areas and the nearly endless savannah. As   contrasting   as   Zambia   itself   is,   is   the   European   view   on   ecclesiastical   development   aid   in   Africa.   Today there   is   still   much   criticism   on   the   western   mission.   But   since   the   first   missionaries   tried   to   make   their   way   on the   continent   new   perspectives   have   opened   up   and   new   approaches   were   developed.   With   the   option   for   the poor instead of propagation of faith, missionary zeal has changed to cultural and interreligious solidarity. The   multi-faceted   film   opens   with   the   question   about   which   effects   the   missionary   work   had   in   a   country,   of which   the   half   of   the   population   consists   of   Christians.      The   catholic      mission   the   cinematic   essay   portrays comments that this question is not always easy to answer – there is no simple black and white. The    director    gives    people    from    different    social    classes    of    Zambian    society    the    opportunity    to    express themselves   and   waives   own   comment.   Instead   he   invites   the   spectators   to   make   own   picture   of   the   everyday   life   of   the   people   and   the complex work of the church’s development aid in the former English colony.
Title:   Beyond Black and White - Mission in Zambia Country:     Deutschland Year:        2013 Language:   Englisch with German Subtitles Duration:    68 min. Genre:      Documentary Format:   Video: PAL 16:9, FullHD, Color, Sound: Stereo             OFFICIAL WEBSITE
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