Director: Mads BrĂĽgger
Screenwriters: Mads BrĂĽgger, Maja Jul Larsen
An enigmatic and decadent white diplomat arrives in central Africa sporting dark glasses, riding boots, and a cigarette holder. He has recently bought an ambassadorship and claims to be a do-good rich businessman spearheading a diplomatic mission. Officially, he is there to start a factory that will employ locals to produce matches. Unofficially, he has really come to gain access to the areaâ€™s vast reserves of diamonds. It soon becomes apparent that, in this postcolonial economy, nearly everyone is out to rip off everyone else, and the dangers become all too real.
Mads BrĂĽgger returns to the Sundance Film Festival (The Red Chapel [Det rĂ¸de kapel] won the World Cinema documentary Jury Prize in 2010) with yet another brilliant example of gonzo filmmaking. Armed with a diplomatic passport, a hidden camera, and his razor-sharp wit, he risks life and limb to uncover deep-rooted corruption that allows others to continue to get rich from Africaâ€™s resources. THE AMBASSADOR is a genre-breaking tragicomedy that establishes BrĂĽgger as a singular voice in the documentary world.
- International Documentary Feature Films
- 2012, Sundance Film Festival
- Denmark, 97 min.