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The Ambassador (2011)

Documentary 1h 33m 2011

This darkly comic, genre-bending piece of gonzo journalism from international provocateur Mads Brügger (2009 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winner THE RED CHAPEL) rips the corroded lid off the global scheme of political corruption and exploitation happening in one of the most dangerous places on the planet: the Central African Republic.

Armed with a phalanx of hidden cameras, black-market diplomatic credentials and a bleeding-edge wit, Brügger transforms himself into an outlandish caricature of a European-African consul. As he immerses himself in the life-threatening underworld of nefarious bureaucrats, Brügger encounters blood diamond smuggling, bribery, and even murder — while somehow managing to crack amazing razor-sharp barbs at every step along the way. From each absurdly terrifying/hilarious situation to the next, THE AMBASSADOR is a one-of-a-kind excursion from the man whom The Huffington Post has called “the most provocative filmmaker in the world.”

“You can imagine how this could have become a 1950s British comedy. It is all real.” — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times


Mads Brügger




Denmark, Central African Republic


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