Reviews and Festivals
"There are many layers to this film begging the question as to who controls the image being portrayed...An important film, and prior to embarking on fieldwork, this should be compulsory viewing for anthropology students...Postma's film shows that the Western 'gaze' is being contested by local photographers and film makers such as Bartitegera, Ley and Betty — but their progress is stilted by lack of funding and control over their narrative."
— Natalia Shunmugan, Anthropology Book Forum
"Highly Recommended. A fascinating and well-made film about the representation of the Congo in Western media, and how the Congolese navigate this representation...This is a strong film that asks interesting questions. At the same time, it is also a film that allows you to hear multiple Congolese voices and shows a positive side of Goma."
— Educational Media Reviews Online
"Beautiful images and captivating dialogues have made for a fresh approach to a tricky topic. It is a multi-layered film with fantastic characters whom we get to know intimately in the most genuine way...An important contribution to the crucial discussion about Western filmmaking and neocolonialism of the African continent."
— Movies That Matter Jury Report
"Story about young artists in Goma fighting against the prevailing Western reporting on war and misery, the film investigates to what extent Western stereotyping is the result of a skewed balance of power. Cinematic dialogue between Western conceptions and the Congolese perception of reality."
“This director wanted to show Congo as Congolese see it themselves. But his own white, western look was in the way”
— Lex Bohlmeijer, De Correspondent
"Stop Filming Us is a documentary that turns out to be an uninhibited exploration. A lively research report that constantly discusses matters in a light-hearted way.”
— Leo Bankersen, Cultureelpersbureau
"Debate and self-reflection of a filmmaker about African imaging in Congo, echos of neo-colonial and the white-savior syndrome.”
— Coen van Zwol, NRC
"A film that everyone needs to see"
— Maarten Moll, Het Parool
"****. The film contributes to a serious discussion about the Western view on Congo”
"****. It is a movie that matters, it makes you think.”
“In the intriguing film Stop Filming Us, Joris Postema searches for uncomfortable truths, from his own privileged and biased position.”
“It's a fantastic film! It unfolds really interesting complexities of the relationship between the West and Africa in the most unique and genuine way, while we get to know the extraordinary community of Congolese artists in such intimate way. The director was really interested to listen and learn about questions of representation & power and the impact of Colonialism and Neo Colonialism, on him as a documentary filmmaker and on all of us. I hope the film will be seen worldwide, it is beautiful and important.”
— SigalYehudafrom, Close-Up Israel
Dutch Movies Matter Award, Movies That Matter Film Festival
Movies That Matter Film Festival
Human Rights Film Festival Berlin
Netherlands Film Festival
Mill Valley Film Festival
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières
De Balie, Amsterdam
Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam
Africa Museum, Belgium
University of Leiden