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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #72. Hubert Sauper’s We Come as Friends

We Come as Friends

Director: Hubert Sauper
Producers: Hubert Sauper, Gabriele Kranzelbinder
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Winner of a Special World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Prize for Cinematic Bravery and our writer Caitlin’s Best of Fest, we finally found out why the second part in Hubert Sauper’s proposed trilogy took a good decade to literally get “off the ground”. Such as his brilliant Darwin’s Nightmare (2004), We Come as Friends sees the filmmaker drop out from the sky, offering an in-your-face view of modern colonialism.

Gist: “We Come As Friends” is a modern odyssey, a dizzying, science fiction-like journey into the 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.

Release Date: Had its world premiere screening at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals, this should continue showing up at further docu-fests.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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