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"The Ambassador" to Open 24th IDFA in November

By Brian Brooks | Indiewire October 6, 2011 at 8:23AM

"The Ambassador" by Danish director Mads Brügger Cortzen will open the 24th International Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) organizers said Thursday. In the documentary, Brügger Cortzen exposes the trade in diplomatic passports in Africa – a trade in which Westerners play a major role.
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"The Ambassador" by Danish director Mads Brügger Cortzen will open the 24th International Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) organizers said Thursday. In the documentary, Brügger Cortzen exposes the trade in diplomatic passports in Africa – a trade in which Westerners play a major role.

The film will also compete in the IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary.

IDFA will take place November 16 - 27 in and around Amsterdam’s Rembrandtplein square. The complete selection of films for IDFA 2011 will be announced on October 17.

The description of IDFA opening film "The Ambassador" follows, courtesy of the festival:

This film, shot largely using a hidden camera, reveals another side of Africa: an underworld that cannot be recorded in any other way. Dressed in a neo-colonist style, director Mads Brügger Cortzen goes to the Central African Republic to become an ambassador for Liberia. Once there, he sets up a match factory, run by Pygmies, as a cover for his ambitions in the diamond trade. What Brügger is actually trying to do, however, is reveal the relations of power – and commerce – in that country.

Mads Brügger Cortzen (1972) previously made films such as The Red Chapel, with which he won a Jury Award at the Sundance film festival in 2010. He is also known in Denmark as a presenter of various television programmes.

This article is related to: Festivals, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)