The Ambassador (doc) @ The Flicks 1 + 2
This darkly comic, genre-bending piece of journalism from international provocateur Mads Brügger (Denmark) rips the corroded lid off the global scheme of political corruption and exploitation happening in one of the most dangerous places on the planet: the Central African Republic.
Armed with a phalanx of hidden cameras, black-market diplomatic credentials and a bleeding-edge wit, Brugger transforms himself into an outlandish caricature of a European-African Consul. As he immerses himself in the life-threatening underworld of nefarious bureaucrats, Brügger encounters blood diamond smuggling, bribery, and even murder–while somehow managing to crack amazing razor-sharp barbs at every steps along the way.
From each absurdly terrifying/hilarious situation to the next, The Ambassador is a one-of-a-kind excursion from the man whom The Huffington Post called “the most provocative filmmaker in the world.”
Seeking answers, Mads Brügger turns himself into a neocolonialist cliché: The Ambassador.
Name a stereotypical trait of a white, corrupt diplomat in Africa and you can be sure this Ambassador does it, says it, smokes it or wears it. His tailor made khaki suits, super glossy burgundy riding boots, silver cuff-links and constant smoking of (expensive) cigars… it’s all a part of telling the story of how one man made his way into the business of diamonds and fake diplomacy. That’s what you should watch it for.