We Come as Friends

Winner
Peace Film Award
Berlin International Film Festival
Winner
Special Jury Prize ~ World Cinema Documentary
Sundance Film Festival
[Sauper] is the rare documentary filmmaker who not only takes on tough subjects but also explores them with a vivid visual and aural approach.

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We Come as Friends

Academy Award® nominated director Hubert Sauper’s WE COME AS FRIENDS is 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, the clash of empires, and new episodes of bloody (and holy) wars over land and resources. The director of DARWIN’S NIGHTMARE takes us on this voyage in his tiny, self-made, tin and canvas flying machine. He leads us into 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 documentary, a complex, profound and bitterly humorous cinematic endeavor.
Genre
Documentary
Runtime
109
Language
English, Chinese, Arabic
Director
Hubert Sauper
Awards:
Winner, Peace Film Award, Berlin International Film Festival
Winner, Special Jury Prize ~ World Cinema Documentary, Sundance Film Festival
FEATURED REVIEW
Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

We Come as Friends might look at first like despair tourism. Hubert Sauper's portrait of the Sudan's cruel new colonialism opens with a vision of intense beauty: In the honeyed light just before evening, a young boy, nude but for a beaded necklace, dashes down a sun-baked path carrying a plastic ...

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