Got 20 minutes free today?
The Inside Africa project has been a remarkable collaboration between a guy called Tim Metz and the charity Out of Africa. Tim’s a twenty-something Dutch guy who recently returned from 6 months living in Kenya. It was a gapyear type thing like many others, but Tim did something different – he filmed it all and produced a series of amazing video reports.
As well as being decently produced, his films do something that so far no other professional journalist has managed – reporting Africa in a stereotype-breaking way. Did he film starving babies affected by the Kenyan droubt, so typical of western media?
No. Instead he met everyone from artists, musicians, chefs and prostitutes and told their story in a non-patronising and intimate way that breaks so many of the stereotypes compounded by European and American journalists.
So, if you have 20 minutes free and give a bit of a toss about Africa or Kenya, then sit back and watch his final film, The Walk of Life, where he hops frantically all over the country to cover as many different stories as possible.
Journalists have got a lot to do to change the way we cover the continent in a way that engages western audiences but doesn’t betray the reality of African life. It’s a massive goal, and Tim and the Out of Afrika project has made a vital first step.