We are in a small village on the coast of Guinea, West Africa where missionaries had settled in their effort to bring Christianity to this Muslim dominated area. The villagers still speak warmly about their visitors. Nevertheless, the missionaries left after some years – seemingly in a rush- leaving behind many of their belongings. The film “Our Missionaries” tells the story of a misconceived intercultural encounter, using the villagers’ memories and images of the missionaries’ material legacy.
Martin Gruber studied Visual Anthropology at Goldsmiths College, London and Social Anthropology at Hamburg University. He works as an ethnographer and filmmaker and teaches visual anthropology. He recently completed a PhD on participatory ethnographic filmmaking at the Department of Anthropology and Cultural Studies, University of Bremen. His films have been widely screened at international ethnographic film festivals.