4 Africans Poke Fun at How African Men are Portrayed in Hollywood Films

November 20, 2015

Meet Gabriel, Benard, Brian and Derrik.

The four Kenyan youth made a video that pokes fun at the way African men are portrayed in Hollywood films.

In most Hollywood movies, African men are stereotyped as:

Lovers of machine guns… And rocket launchers.
Obsessed with violence.
Hate smiling… Because it’s stupid.
Staying calm is stupid. They said, “If people believed only what they saw in movies, they would think we are all warlords who love violence.”

Then there’s the brave western protagonist.

And a day without war is a day not worth living.

They are tired of the over-sensationalized, one-dimensional depictions of African men and the white saviour messaging that permeates our media. They want to tell their own stories instead. Showing that African men are more than a stereotype.
This film was created by Film For Action, so the world could begin to reimagine Africa. They wanted our supporters to see that Africa is full of progress, potential, and hope.

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