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

R  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  16 May 2003 (USA)
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A German Jewish refugee family moves to and adjusts to a farm life in 1930s Kenya.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jettel Redlich
Walter Redlich
Sidede Onyulo ...
Matthias Habich ...
Walter Süßkind
Lea Kurka ...
Regina Redlich (younger)
Karoline Eckertz ...
Regina Redlich - Older
Gerd Heinz ...
Hildegard Schmahl ...
Maritta Horwarth ...
Regine Zimmermann ...
Gabrielle Odinis ...
Dienstmädchen Klara
Bettina Redlich ...
Mrs. Sadler
Julia Leidl ...
Mechthild Großmann ...
Elsa Konrad
Joel Wajsberg ...


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 | breasts | See All (64) »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 May 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nowhere in Africa  »

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Box Office


€7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$716,496 (Germany) (28 December 2001)


$44,043 (Hong Kong) (23 January 2004)

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2.35 : 1
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After giving the radio to Walter, Susskind wishes him good luck with the well; as he drives away, the reflection of the camera truck can be seen on the door of his truck, and the tire tracks from the camera truck are visible as the camera backs up. See more »


Jettel Redlich: I can't buy anything. I'm as poor as a monkey.
Female merchant by the train: [handing her a banana] For the monkey.
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Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »

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Simply wonderful!
8 January 2002 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

What a great movie! I really don't know what to praise first: The great acting, the music or the cinematography, everything is really done more than very well! Fortunately the tribal life in rural Kenia is neither glorified as the only and true way of living, nor is it shown with the arrogance of the civilized. Like Regina the audience will soon become a friend of Owuor, the lovely cook of the family. There are enough problems shown in this movie and the Redlichs have to deal with the death of their relatives who stayed in Germany, with more than one crisis in their marriage and several other things. Other directors would have turned this movie into a terrible tear-jerker, but Caroline Link tells the story with such a warm humor, it's really great. Although this movie also shows the beauty of Africa it depicts Kenia in a realistic way. There are enough other movies about Kenia that are full of sunsets and elephants, showing Africa like a postcard - this is not one of them. And nevertheless I wanted to go there right after watching it. If you loved "Jenseits der Stille", you'll also love this movie.

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