Thursday, 12.05.2016, at 8.30pm
bi’bakino #10 features the film We Come as Friends by Austrian filmmaker Hubert Sauper.
It 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, clash of empires, and yet new episodes of bloody (and holy) wars over land and resources. According to the Netzwerk Flüchtlicngsforschung, most of the refugees come from the countries with ongoing armed conflicts where neocolonial and geostrategic interests of the industrialized nations meet the interests of the local war lords.
The award winning director of Darwin’s Nightmare takes us on the 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.
Directed by Hubert Sauper
France, Austria 2014, 110 min., w/ English subtitles
Hubert Sauper was born in Kitzbühel, Austria. Having spent his childhood in Austria, he then lived in Great Britain, Italy, the USA, Tanzania, Congo and South Sudan. His »homebase« since the mid 90s is France. Hubert gives conferences and master classes in film schools and universities all over the world. His socio-political and poetic films have been winning over 50 major international prizes, among them the awards at the Venice Film Festival, Berlinale, Sundance, NY, the French, Austrian and European Academy Award, and an Oscar nomination for best documentary in 2006 and 2016.
bi’bakino is supported by Berliner Landeszentrale für politische Bildung and QM Soldinerstrasse.