The Ambassador

dir. Mads Brügger 2011 Denmark 93 min.
2011 - IDFA: Opening night’s film, 2012 - Sundance FF.
Danish journalist and satirist Mads Brügger travels to the heart of Africa to show the horrifying face of corruption that exists in that part of the world.

A strange, enigmatic and decadent white diplomat arrives in central Africa, looking like a mixture of Henry Stanley and Karl Lagerfeld. He has recently bought an ambassadorship and claims to be a do-good rich business man, who has come to spearhead a diplomatic mission. Officially he is there to start a factory that produces matches - this, to employ locals and teach how to make this simple piece of fire-making equipment. Unofficially he is really there to gain access to vast reserves of diamonds. “The Ambassador” is a genre-breaking, tragic comedy about the bizarre world of African diplomacy.

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