The life and strange surprising adventures of Robinson Crusoe who lived for twenty and eight years all alone on an inhabited island and said it was his
Fiction, 75 minutes
A subversion of the Robinson Crusoe myth that wrecks our eurocentric island
With Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe propagated his colonial ideology in the form of a ‘true’ adventure story. His deceitful fairy tale was spread over the world and justified the repression and murder of millions of people. Three hundred years later, oblivious retellings and casual references are still commonplace — in popular culture as well as outside of the mainstream. It’s an indication that this British-European propaganda, about an Englishman shipwrecking on an (un)inhabited island and enslaving a local ‘cannibal,’ is still validated within our cultural ethos. Enough reason to confront this story that enchanted me as a kid but disquiets me as an adult.
Written, directed & edited
Produced by Untitled Production & Hilife Cinematography
Supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)