The Jilhava documentary festival honors Hubert Saupers WE COME AS FRIENDS as Best Central and Eastern European
The jury statement
Hubert Sauper, stated the jury, is a fly in the storm of Africas supposed development. He rides the chaos with daring, conviction and persistence, using
his curiosity to show the competition of claims and interests now vying for the worlds youngest country, and his privilege
as an alien in Africa to unmask the true face of that privilege. WE COME AS FRIENDS embodies its maker and his methods: it
is reportage cinema at its most fleet, mischievous, provocative, compassionate and plaintive.
WE COME AS FRIENDS
directed by Hubert Sauper
(KGP KRanzelbinder Gabriele Productions, Adelante Films (F))
International sales: Le Pacte
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 devided into two nations, an old 'civilizing' pathology reemerges that of of colonialism,
clash of empires, and yet new episodes of bloody (and holy) wars over land and resources.