Hubert Saupers documentary WE COME AS FRIENDS wins the main award at the Planete+ Doc film festival. The Millennium Award includes prize
money of 8,000 euros.
The jury statement
An astonishing fairytale film that takes viewers to the birthplace of humanity and civilization, explaining what the latter
has become. Following events in Sudan, which form a bittersweet mosaic of surreal situations, people and places, the film
questions the essence of our European civilization and exposes its narcissist cynicism, greed and appalling hypocrisy. It
is a universal and deeply personal film, evoking both laughter and chills wrote the Jury in their decision.
The jury members
Nino Kirtadze, Ale Suki, Manuel Rougeron
WE COME AS FRIENDS
directed by Hubert Sauper (KGP Kranzelbinder Gabriele Production (A), Adelante Films (F))
International sales: Le Pacte
WE COME AS FRIENDS is a modern odyssey, a dizzying, science fiction-like journey into the 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. If "history
does not repeat itself, but rhymes", the film bares witness to this disquieting reality it is a complex, profound and
humorous cinematic endeavor a tale of very old and rather sinister verses.