Can you make a film about corruption in Africa and not be corrupted?

by Peter D. Marshall

by Geoffrey Macnab.

It is not often that film companies preparing new movies need to set aside thousands of dollars in bribes, and for buying blood-diamonds, in their budgets. This was what happened to Lars von Trier’s Zentropa when the Danish outfit set to work on its new feature documentary, The Ambassador (which premieres in Sundance this month).

The film, largely shot in Liberia and the Central African Republic, follows the faltering attempts of its director, the satirical journalist Mads Brugger, to gatecrash the nefarious world of African diamond-smuggling.

Brugger’s plan was to “operate freely beyond all moral boundaries while still being a respected member of society… what I am talking about of course is life as an African diplomat.”

Read the rest of this article from Independent.

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