WE COME AS FRIENDS is one of the first releases this year for BBC WORLDWIDE NORTH AMERICA. 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 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, a complex, profound and humorous cinematic endeavor. It is an insightful wake up call for all. WE COME AS FRIENDS has won awards at the Sundance Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Subversive Film Festival, Austrian Film Festival, the San Francisco International Film Festival among others. Director Sauper joins us for a wide-ranging and thoughtful conversation on colonialism, the extraordinary spirit of the Sudanese people and the extreme challenges that went into to the making of his remarkable documentary.
“A SURREAL, MOVING, INFURIATING and PERSUASIVE argument that in South Sudan, there’s nothing ‘post’ about colonialism.”- Manohla Dargis, New York Times
“PROVOCATIVE and UNAPOLOGETICALLY POLITICAL filmmaker Hubert Sauper returns to the kind of African situations that characterized his Oscar®-nominated Darwin’s Nightmare.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
“A masterfully composed and suitably outraged look at the neocolonialist exploitation of South Sudan.” Rob Nelson, Variety
“The beauty of Sauper’s work, as demonstrated in Darwin’s Nightmare and again here, is that it manages to propose and arrange a wealth of apparently heterogeneous material in such a way that multiple (and often parallel-running) causes and effects naturally crystalize.” Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter