BEYOND BLACK AND WHITE Mission in Zambia Documentary, GER 2013, 74 min, HD, 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.
Production stills from the shooting of BEYOND BLACK AND WHITE - MISSION IN ZAMBIA
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