Variety review of 'We Come as Friends'

You can read Variety's review of Herbert Sauper's documentary, We Come as Friends, here.

A masterfully composed and suitably outraged look at the neocolonialist exploitation of South Sudan, 'We Come As Friends' is, after 'Darwin’s Nightmare', the second part of Austrian documentarian Hubert Sauper's proposed trilogy about the contemporary plight of African countries. Six years in the making, the film observes South Sudan becoming independent, politely pillaged for its resources, and devastated by war; according to Sauper, a number of the villages seen in the docu no longer exist. Amazingly, Sauper helped design a homemade airplane with which to travel the country at will; the film, too, is a purposeful vehicle, lofty in its aims.

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A modern odyssey – a dizzying, science fiction-like journey into the heart of Africa. At the moment when Sudan, the continent’s biggest country, is being divided into two nations, an old ‘civilising’ pathology re-emerges – that of colonialism, clash of empires, and yet new episodes of bloody (and holy) wars over land and resources.