We Come As Friends

Victoria Eugenia Antzokia

Saturday, 18 April 2015 / 19:00

4,20 € (Tickets)

Neo-colonialism disguised as cooperation

France-Austria. Direction: Hubert Sauper. Production: Hubert Sauper, Gabriele Kranzelbinder / Adelante Films, KGP (Kranzelbinder Gabriele Production). Screenplay: Hubert Sauper. Photography: Hubert Sauper, Barney Broomfiled. Music: Slim Twig. Edition: Hubert Sauper, Cathie Dambel, Denise Vindevogel. Running time: 110 min

LANGUAGE: English, Mandarin, Arab, Toposa, Ma’di / SUBTITLES: Spanish, English

A modern odyssey, a dizzying, science fiction-like journey into the heart of Africa. At the moment when the Sudan, the continent’s biggest country, is being divided into two nations, an old "civilizing" pathology re-emerges: that of colonialism, clash of empires, and yet new episodes of bloody (and holy) wars over land and resources.

The director of Darwin’s Nightmare (2004) takes us on this voyage in his tiny, self-made flying machine out of tin and canvas; he leads us into most improbable locations and into people’s thoughts and dreams, in both stunning and heartbreaking ways. Chinese oil workers, UN peacekeepers, Sudanese warlords, and American evangelists ironically weave common ground in this amazing and fascinating documentary.

TALK: Itziar Ruiz-Giménez Arrieta (Grupo de Estudios Africanos UAM), Mbuyi Kabunda Badi (Institut International des Droits de l’Homme – Strasbourg)

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