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Got 20 minutes free today?

Posted in Uncategorized by Adam Westbrook on September 10, 2006

Inside Afrika logoThe 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.

Click here to watch The Walk of Life

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.

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  1. Futures « Adam Meets World said, on September 28, 2006 at 2:54 pm

    […] It has it’s downsides of course. VJs as yet can’t report live via satellite and some news events require teams of producers behind the scenes. Some also moan about the quality of video journalism but excellent journalists like Inigo Gilmore and even these Inside Africa pieces prove those people wrong. […]

  2. […] and stereotype-overturning piece about anywhere or anything in Africa since the excellent Inside Africa films I blogged about ages […]

  3. Tim Metz said, on January 29, 2007 at 10:40 pm

    Hi Adam,

    Just discovered your post now. Thanks for all the kind words. The project is a bit dead at the moment but things like this definitely make me consider to put some time into it again.


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