WE COME AS FRIENDS is a modern odyssey, a dizzying, science fiction-like journey into the heart of Africa. 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, clash of empires, and yet new episodes of bloody (and holy) wars over land and resources.
The director of DARWIN’S NIGHTMARE takes us on this voyage in his tiny, self-made flying machine out of tin and canvas, he leads us into most improbable locations and into people’s thoughts and dreams, in both stunning and heartbreaking ways. Chinese oil workers, UN peacekeepers, Sudanese warlords, and American evangelists ironically weave common ground in this documentary.
Director, Cinematographer, Writer: Hubert Sauper
Supporting Directors: Barney Broomfield, Ross Turnbull, Xavier Liébard
Producers: Hubert Sauper, Gabriele Kranzelbinder
Supporting Cinematographers: Barney Broomfield, Xavier Liébard
Editors: Hubert Sauper, Cathie Dambel, Denise Vindevogel
Production Management: Stéphanie Bourdin, Marie Tappero, Zmorda Chkimi, Alicia Harrison
Music: Slim Twig
Sound Design: Veronika Hlawatsch
Production: Hubert Sauper (Adelante Films, Paris), co-producer: KGP, Gabriele Kranzelbinder (Vienna)
Sponsors, Financing: ARTE Cinema, ARTE France, Canal plus, Eurimages, ÖFI, Film Fund Vienna, ORF TV, Le Pacte