“From up in the air, Hubert Sauper’s view of Africa looks mythic, but he knows that he will land in the mud, over and over, before his visceral journey ends. Not a ‘Petit Prince’ after all, though he falls from the sky, Sauper is more like a surveyor, charting the landmarks of a world otherwise unimagined, unseen. Building an archive for the future, he is gathering evidence of folly and crime, in footage soaked with tears. WE COME AS FRIENDS approaches history with a level of genius rarely so palpable in documentary.”  B. Ruby Rich, Editor, Film Quarterly (USA)

“‘We Come As Friends’ Provocative and unapologetically political filmmaker Hubert Sauper returns to the kind of African situations that characterized his Oscar-nominated ‘Darwin’s Nightmare’.”  Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times  Read more >


“…a surreal, moving, infuriating and persuasive argument that in South Sudan, there’s nothing post about colonialism.”  Manohla Dargis, New York Times  Read more >


“A masterfully composed and suitably outraged look at the neocolonialist exploitation of South Sudan.”  Rob NelsonVariety  Read more >


“The beauty of Sauper’s work, as demonstrated in Darwin’s Nightmare and again here, is that it manages to propose and arrange a wealth of apparently heterogeneous material in such a way that multiple (and often parallel-running) causes and effects naturally crystalize.”  Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter  Read more >


“A devastating, haunting, but absolutely necessary travelogue of South Sudan. This film is an instructional in how imperialism in Africa has not died off, but merely taken on a new form.”  Dan Schindel,  Read more >


[Hubert Sauper] is the RARE DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER who not only takes on tough subjects but also explores them with a vivid visual and aural approach. Nicolas Rapold, The New York Times – Critic’s Pick Read More >


We Come As Friends is TERRIFYINGLY DIRECT and intimate.” “[…] director Hubert Sauper devises a metaphor that’s both risky and BRILLIANTLY EVOCATIVE.Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine Read More >


“[…] VISUALLY STUNNING, lyrically composed, hilariously opinionated […]” Tom, Roston, PBS Documentary Blog Read More >