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Directed by Hubert Sauper

France, Austria 2014 110 mins.

Best known for Darwin’s Nightmare, a riveting investigation into the decimation of tribal culture by Western farm-fishing in Tanzania’s Lake Victoria, Sauper’s new film—winner of the Special Jury Prize for Cinematic Bravery at the Sundance Film Festival—probes the distressed state of modern Sudan. Arriving in a tiny, homemade airplane, Sauper interviews an array of exploited local villagers, brash Chinese oil workers, and ethically awry international politicians. They are all fighting for their piece of South Sudan’s recently partitioned state, which Sauper plumbs with an eye for the ironies, tragedy, and humor unending. “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, the clash of empires, and new episodes of bloody (and holy) wars over land and resources.”—BBC. In English, Arabic and Mandarin with English subtitles.

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