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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 1930s 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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Storyline

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 All (67) »

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One family's tale of a homeland lost... and a homeland found. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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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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Jettel Redlich: Do you think people should stay together for their whole life?
Walter Redlich: I guess not. It's probably just some nonsense which our ancestors persuaded us to adopt.
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One of the best films I have seen in the last decade
20 March 2003 | by (Woodstock, New York) – See all my reviews

I saw this film twice, once on Saturday and once on the following Tuesday. I never do this.

"Nowhere in Africa" is one of the most authentic films I have seen in a long time. Like a good John Irving novel, "Nowhere in Africa" is not made up of heroes and villains. It is made up of human beings who go through their difficulties and evolve. The characters grow in the course of the film. Particularly incredible are the two actors who play the daughter at age eight and then in adolescence. It is one of the most remarkable feats of casting and acting that these two become one. They are a "seamless" being who is never cute but very real.

This film is a breath of fresh air in a media that is not particularly known for its freshness.


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