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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jettel Redlich
Merab Ninidze ...
Walter Redlich
Sidede Onyulo ...
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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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)


$6,173,485 (USA) (3 October 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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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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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