Kenyan filmmaker Ng’endo Mukii released a short in 2012 called Yellow Fever: an impressive piece of mixed-media art, combining hand-drawn animation, computer animation, pixilation, and live action, to make a statement on global standards of beauty and those who control them.
In her own words:
“I am interested in the concept of skin and race, and what they imply; in the ideas and theories sown into our flesh that change with the arc of time. I believe skin and the body, are often distorted into a topographical division between reality and illusion. The idea of beauty has become globalised, creating homogenous aspirations, and distorting people’s self-image across the planet. In my film, I focus on African women’s self-image, through memories and interviews; using mixed media to describe this almost schizophrenic self-visualization that I and many others have grown up with.”
“Yellow Fever” also happens to be Ng’endo’s thesis film at the Royal College of Art in London.
You can watch the full video here: