A modern odyssey, a science fiction–like journey in a tiny homemade flying machine into the heart of Africa. At the moment when the Sudan, the continent’s biggest country, is being divided into 2 nations, an old “civilizing” pathology re-emerges – that of colonialism and the clash of empires.
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The movie shows what is the price of modernity.
Sudanese people's belief and culture is changed though they have been living happily in their own land before all that happened. It's sad to see people who don't have any idea of what property is slowly becoming "mondern slaves" of the white men by believing an American Dream to own more.
A beautiful phenomenological approach to filmmaking that succeeds where few do in presenting truth and a vital message. The camera his catalyst our Four Star General transports us into the midst of Sudan's boiling pot of cultures, unspoken and unprejudiced Sauper draws us a powerful ethnographic description of a world the West is largely ignorant of. Humanity needs more film like this.
I'm wary of potential White Saviours... Hard as it was to stay critical, given the immediate, relentless onslaught of some of the most deeply satisfying cinematography & sound design I've ever experienced in a doc*, I did it. Sauper's clean. Less so all the rest of us, complicit in any of the full spectrum of neocolonial acts/ideas re Africa on display in the film. Rich with staggering ironies. And maddening results.
A superb investigation of Neocolonialism in Sudan, a country that is being massively exploited by the US, Europe, and China. The recurrent face of Hillary Clinton, a ruthless neoliberal queen, is as unsettling as the pervasive scenes of violence, destruction, manipulation, and abuse. Like Sauper's previous Darwin's Nightmare (2004), this essential documentary shows the ugliest face of globalization.
Fantastic documentary making from well outside the conventional system. With few title cards, it flits all over the place, is biased and manipulative, but that's the point. WCAF operates from the POV that colonialism, greed, religion and exploitation are inherently damaging to cultural identity. What we get is a series of illuminating vignettes behind the contemporary curtain of global politicking in Africa. 4 stars
Almost flawless documentary by a highly skilled, talented, sensitive director. I was allowed to move from tears to genuine outrage to wide-eyed wonder without feeling patronized or manipulated. Wonderful. Thank you for this moving film.
These people have the courage to expose the truth about how companies, government and associations has been exploting South Sudan. By the mask of hope and development, giving to the people an only solution: acculturation.