Darwins Nightmare (Hubert Sauper, 2004)
I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Hubert Sauper has released a new documentary on Africa, focusing on Sudan, entitled “We Come as Friends” - Sundance program and review.
Below you will find Democracy Now!’s full interview and discussion with Hubert Sauper regarding this project. This documentary just made it to the top of my must watch list of 2014.
“Well, here at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, a new documentary shows how South Sudan has become ground zero for contemporary colonialism in Africa. Director Hubert Sauper’s We Come as Friends provides an aerial view of the conflict in Sudan from a shaky, handmade two-seater plane. The film depicts American investors, Chinese oilmen, United Nations officials, and Christian missionaries struggling to shape Sudan according to their own visions, while simultaneously applauding the alleged ‘independence’ of the world’s newest state. What emerges is a devastating critique of the consequences of cultural and economic imperialism….
“For more, we’re joined by Hubert Sauper. His 2004 film, Darwin’s Nightmare, was nominated for an Academy Award. We Come as Friends will have its European premiere at the Berlin Film Festival next month.
“Hubert Sauper, welcome to Democracy Now! It’s great to have you with us. It’s a fascinating film. Can you relate the film to what’s happening today in South Sudan?”
South Sudan Reaches Ceasefire, But Will Nascent State Survive Oil-Fueled Neocolonialism?
The future of Africa looks bleak, here is why
Western Powers Go Full Retard on Africa: China vs. AFRICOM, a Resource War
France Has Forgotten the Battle of Algiers, Africa Never Will: “Ordinary Victories” by Manu Larcenet
Recolonization of Africa, a Symptom of Our Addiction to Growth: Differential Accumulation, Why GDP Growth Rates Influence Foreign Policy