We Come as Friends

We Come as Friends
dir. Hubert Sauper/France, Austria/2014/110 min.
Atlantic, sala B

"We Come as Friends" is a modern odyssey, a dizzying, science fiction-like journey into the heart of Africa. At the moment when 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" 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 documentary. If “history does not repeat itself, but rhymes”, "We Come as Friends" bears witness to this disquieting reality – it is a complex, profound and humorous cinematic endeavor – a tale of very old and rather sinister verses.


  • projection time:
    110 min.
  • country/year:
    France, Austria /2014
  • director:
    Hubert Sauper
  • pictures:
    Hubert Sauper, Barney Broomfield, Xavier Liébard
  • production:
    Gabriele Kranzelbinder, Hubert Sauper / Adelante Films, KGP Kranzelbinder Gabriele Production
  • festivals and awards:
    2014 – Millennium Docs Against Gravity FF: Millennium Award – Grand Prix, 2014 – Sundance FF: Special Jury Award, 2014 – Berlin IFF: Peace Film Award

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