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Documentary

Ambassador

Year 2011
Runtime 94 mins
Language Danish with English Subtitles
Subtitles English
Alberta Premiere

Mads Brügger made his name internationally with the 2009 documentary The Red Chapel, where he and his crew infiltrated North Korea posing as a theatre troupe. His follow-up, The Ambassador, is either performance journalism or hobbyist espionage, depending on whether you’re one of the privileged Westerners at whom the film is targeted, or one of the Central African Republican bureaucrats the film also takes aim at.

The Danish filmmaker uses shadily acquired credentials to insinuate himself into the CAR’s lucrative blood diamond economy as a “freelance diplomat,” then peels back layer after layer of corruption and injustice at all levels of the CAR’s government and industry. Never moralizing or hand-holding, The Ambassador is an audacious and darkly funny look at capitalism run rampant in a part of the world that global powers often treat as a commodity.

 

Countries

Denmark
Festivals
Hot Docs 2012, Sundance Film Festival 2012 - Grand Jury Nominee, Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2012
Director
Mads Brugger
Executive Producer
Peter Garde, Peter Aalbaek Jensen
Producer
Peter Engel, Peter Garde, Peter Aalbaek Jensen
Screenwriter
Mads Brugger, Maja Jul Larsen
Cinematographer
Johan Stahl Winthereik
Editor
Leif Axel Kjeldsen, Carsten Soted, Kimmo Taavila
Music
Mikkel Maltha
Cast
Mads Brugger