Brugger goes down a rabbit hole as he travels to the CAR, and it gets increasingly surreal and frightening as he works variously with Pygmies, a blood diamond mine owner, and people on the eve of their own assassinations. All with a jaunty soundtrack that includes “I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire” by the Ink Spots. Riveting, filled with gallows humor and sadness.
I'm not sure what rating is appropriate. Certainly in its own terms, this movie is completely successful. I appreciated watching it and I'd say it's that rare film that changed my life. Other's find Brudgger's charade maddening, but I'd say its lack of liberal pieties is its strength. I think the coarse, mercenary way he treats his environment is closer to the truth, and so he reveals a reality few are able to match.
mixed feelings. it was interesting for sure. brügger, armed with hidden cameras, takes part in the "game" of exploiting africans as a wealthy european in order to expose those who already do so. exposing all the corruption at play here is a worthy cause, but does the end justify the means? also, did the film really have any positive impact on the situation in liberia and the CAR? seems sketchy.
I'm more intrigued by the concepts going on in the film. It held my interest, but it was frustrating because it was never exactly clear what he was trying to prove. He certainly exposed many ills, but he didn't seem to have a set target for this documentary.
The documentary does not bring something new, but I believe is necessary to keep doing that kind of works to reveal realities that are not usually part of our daily agendas. “Underworld”, “upper world” and “back world” (concepts explored in the documentary) come together in this well executed, interesting and risky project.
Real muckraking. Doubtful this film will make any dent in the corrupt, high stakes underworld of blood diamonds. As an expose it does work, but its sort of like paying a crack-head to travel around with them while you buy the drugs. The thrill-ride inevitably ends in a mad rush for the nearest sortie. Sadly, when all is said and done we are left thinking more about Mads Bruggar than the nameless victims we see.
Genius in depicting his role, alternating drama and irony, the former being due to the poverty and the exploitation around him, the latter being related to the paradoxical bureaucratic hurly-burly which then refers to those very people who are responsible for said exploitation. Sometimes it feels fake.
Strange documentary that attempts to show the inherent corruption in the post colonial 'every-man-for-himself' and 'profiteers first' business environment in modern Africa. Brugger stands on the edge between doc and mock-doc here as he digs himself deeper into the political quagmire he has waded into. It would be black comedy if it wasn't true. Runs out of steam before it ends but entertaining anyway.