Created by Kenyan filmmaker Ng’endo Mukii, “Yellow Fever” is a short film that employs animation and mixed media to examine the political nature of how Western beauty standards affect women of color globally.
According to Mukii,
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. 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.
The award-winning film, which has been making the festival rounds over the past year, has just become available, in its entirety, for your viewing pleasure. Watch it below.