SHORTLISTED FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY, OSCARS, 2015
"With an eye for landscapes stunning and hellish, he [Hubert Sauper] is the rare documentary filmmaker who not only takes on tough subjects but also explores them with a vivid visual and aural approach." - Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times
"One of the most fascinating documentaries of the year." - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
We Come As Friends 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.
The director of Darwin's Nightmare takes us on this voyage in his tiny, self-made flying machine out of tin and canvas, he leads us into the most improbable locations and 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.
If “history does not repeat itself, but rhymes”, We Come As Friends bares witness to this disquieting reality – it is a complex, profound and humorous cinematic endeavor – a tale of very old and rather sinister verses.