I SEE YOU is created on the stolen lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations. We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded and treaties have not been signed.
I SEE YOU (decolonising screens) is a platform to showcase and discuss screen media from Africa and the diaspora. I SEE YOU was made to focus on black voices, stories and experiences in film and television.
The name I SEE YOU comes from Ubuntu, which is a Bantu word that translates to “humanity” or “I am because we are”. It is a philosophy about humanity and our universal bond with each other.
“Sawa Bona” translates to “I see you” and it is used as a greeting, but its meaning is more than a simple hello. Saying “I see you” to someone shows recognition the existence of that person and recognition that both people are in the presence of each other. Our aim is to share screen media that black people can watch and have that “I see you” moment.
In Australia, film criticism and film studies mostly focus on Western and European film theory and history, whilst ignoring African Cinema and its history. I SEE YOU aims to create a space where we can decolonise the way that we think about film and television.
I SEE YOU is founded by Mimo Mukii. You can find out more about their work here.
Please get in contact if you would like to collaborate with us, or if you would like to write a review about a film or television show from Africa and the diaspora.