The JIHLAVA documentary festival honors Hubert Sauper’s WE COME AS FRIENDS as Best Central and Eastern European Documentary Film (BETWEEN THE SEAS).
Hubert Sauper is a fly in the storm of Africa’s supposed development. He rides the chaos with daring, conviction and persistence, using his curiosity to show the competition of claims and interests now vying for the world’s youngest country, and his privilege as an alien in Africa to unmask the true face of that privilege. WE COME AS FRIENDS embodies its maker and his methods: it is reportage cinema at its most fleet, mischievous, provocative, compassionate and plaintive.
Members of the jury: Raymond Bellour, Deborah Stratman, Kateřina Šedá, Albert Serra, Nick Bradshaw