We Come As Friends

by Hubert Sauper Border Lines

Having been intimately involved in its construction, Hubert Sauper’s tiny plane looks like a tin toy in contrast to the UN cargo carriers it sits amongst. South Sudan gained independence when it split from North Sudan in 2011. The Austrian director takes us on a journey around a region in the midst of political change, and introduces us to numerous random locals, international decision-makers and representatives of Chinese oil companies, British UN soldiers and American missionaries. These different parties state various claims in this chaotic country yet all ironically share common ground - all come as friends of Sudan. Subtly yet distinctly, the film reveals that the days of colonialism in Africa are far from over.


  • Genre: DOC: Social & Human Interest
  • Country, Year: France, Austria, 2014
  • Runtime: 109 Min
  • Languages: English, Chinese, Arabic, Ma'di , Toposa
  • Subtitles: English
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  • Director: Hubert Sauper
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  • Screenplay: Hubert Sauper
  • Cinematography: Hubert Sauper, Barney Broomfield
  • Editors: Hubert Sauper, Cathie Dambel, Denise Vindevogel
  • Sound: Xavier Lieberd
  • Music: Slim Twig
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  • Producers: Hubert Sauper, Gabriele Kranzelbinder
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  • Production Company: KGP Kranzelbinder Gabriele Production
  • World Sales: Le Pacte
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