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Nowhere in Africa (2001)
"Nirgendwo in Afrika" (original title)

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A German Jewish refugee family moves to and adjusts to a farm life in 1930's Kenya.

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Jettel Redlich
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Walter Redlich
Sidede Onyulo ...
Owuor
Matthias Habich ...
Walter Süßkind
Lea Kurka ...
Regina Redlich (younger)
Karoline Eckertz ...
Regina Redlich - Older
Gerd Heinz ...
Max
Hildegard Schmahl ...
Ina
Maritta Horwarth ...
Liesel
Regine Zimmermann ...
Käthe
Gabrielle Odinis ...
Dienstmädchen Klara
Bettina Redlich ...
Mrs. Sadler
Julia Leidl ...
Inge
Mechthild Großmann ...
Elsa Konrad
Joel Wajsberg ...
Hubert
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A Jewish family in Germany emigrate short before the Second World War. They move to Kenya to start running a farm, but not all members of the family come to an arrangement with their new life. Shortly after their departure, things are changing in Germany very quickly, and a turning back seems impossible. So everyone has to arrange himself with the new life in a new continent. Written by Benjamin Stello

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farm | kenya | africa | jew | tween girl | See more »

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Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 December 2001 (Germany)  »

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Nowhere in Africa  »

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Budget:

€7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,052 (Hong Kong) (23 January 2004)

Gross:

$44,043 (Hong Kong) (23 January 2004)
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When Jettel encounters the old dying woman, her hair is short, but she doesn't get her hair cut until several scenes in the future. See more »

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Jogona as an adult: Are Mzungas like you still allowed to climb trees?
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Caroline Link does not discover new territories with this traditionally-told melodrama but succeeds in making "Nowhere in Africa" a timeless and moving film.
6 May 2003 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Based on a true story, a Jewish family escapes Nazi Germany and relocates to Kenya. Traumatic at first, then the family discovers a new way of life to be not without its rewards.

Listening from a portable radio in Africa about the details of Jewish holocaust is somewhat confining but a wonderful way of providing emotional tension central to this story. Instead of being witness to visceral aspects of the war, we are left to examine the resilience of human spirit and infinite possibilities of life. Vast and captivating African sceneries are not only beautiful but also gives spiritual lift that guide the family along their journey. Caroline Link does not discover new territories with this traditionally-told melodrama but succeeds in making "Nowhere in Africa" a timeless and moving film.


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