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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
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Mrs. Sadler
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Mechthild Großmann ...
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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 | breasts | See All (64) »


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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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€7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Adorable, Wonderful, Delightful – I do not Have Enough Words to Express How Beautiful This Tale About the Life of an Expatriated Family in Times of War Is!
16 November 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1937, the non-orthodox Jewish German lawyer Walter Redlich (Merab Ninidze), aware of the growing of the Nazi movement in Germany and how it would jeopardize the Jews in his country, moves alone to Nairobi, Kenya, to administrate a farm. His only friend is the also Jewish German Süßkind (Matthias Habich) and his African cooker Owuor (Sidede Onyulo). In 1938, his spoiled wife Jettel Redlich (Juliane Köhler) and their young daughter Regina (Lea Kurka / Karoline Eckertz) arrive. Regine easily adapts to her new lifestyle, but Jettel does not adapt to her new condition of poor expatriated woman in Africa. Along the years, bursts the Second World War, and the Redlich family experiences the most different situations until 1947.

Adorable, wonderful, delightful – I do not have enough words to express and describe how beautiful this tale about the life of an expatriated family in times of war is! The running time is 141 minutes, but it could be longer so lovely the Redlich family saga is. There is drama, action, romance, sympathy, love, hate, the most different sensations and feelings are transmitted to the viewer in this stunning movie. A must-see film indicated for the whole family. Congratulations to the writer, director, cast and the whole crew who have developed such a wonderful entertainment. 'Nirgendwo in Afrika' is certainly one of the best movies I have watched in the last years. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): 'Lugar Nenhum na África' ('Nowhere in Africa')

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