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


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A German Jewish refugee family moves to and adjusts to a farm life in 1930s Kenya. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Juliane Köhler ... Jettel Redlich

Merab Ninidze ... 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
Miriam Wajsberg ... Ruth
Marian Lösch ... Johannes

Bela Klentze ... Boy with sledge (as Bela Klenze)
Peter Lenaeku ... Jogona as a boy
Silas Kerati ... Jogona as an adult
Kanyaman ... Kimani

Andy Rashleigh ... Captain Caruther (as Andrew Rashleigh)
Anthony Bate ... Mr. Brindley
David Michaels ... Robert Green
Steve Weston ... Mr. Morrison
Diane Keen ... Mrs. Rubens

Andrew Sachs ... Mr. Rubens
Ken Brown ... Bure
Levit Pereira ... Daji Jiwan
Steven Price ... British officer in Norfolk
M.M. Shah ... Patel
Herbert Knaup ... Walter Redlich (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jakob Feyock ... Boy at the party
Alina Sokar ... Girl (uncredited)
Lion Sokar ... Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Caroline Link 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Caroline Link 
Stefanie Zweig  novel

Produced by
Andreas Bareiß .... executive producer
Sven Ebeling .... co-producer
Bernd Eichinger .... co-producer
Peter Herrmann .... producer
Thilo Kleine .... co-producer
Martin Moszkowicz .... co-producer
Jürgen Tröster .... line producer
Michael Weber .... co-producer
Original Music by
Niki Reiser 
Cinematography by
Gernot Roll 
Film Editing by
Patricia Rommel 
Casting by
An Dorthe Braker 
Uwe Bünker 
Production Design by
Susann Bieling 
Uwe Szielasko 
Costume Design by
Barbara Grupp 
Makeup Department
Renate Bauer .... assistant makeup artist: Germany
Nanni Gebhardt-Seele .... makeup department head
Stephanie Hilke .... makeup artist
Jeanette-Nicole Latzelsberger .... key hair stylist (as Jeannette Latzelsberger)
Elke Lebender .... hair stylist
Ulrike Madej .... assistant makeup artist: Germany (as Uli Madej)
Dorota Martyn .... assistant makeup artist: Kenya
Maria Seitle .... assistant makeup artist: Germany
Kerstin Stattmann .... assistant makeup artist: Kenya
Production Management
Chris Evert .... production manager
Mark Nolting .... unit manager
Jenny Pont .... production supervisor: Kenya
Axel Vogelmann .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott Kirby .... first assistant director
Tony Rimwa .... assistant director
Nikolai Semjevski .... assistant director
Sebastian Sorger .... second assistant director: BRD
Art Department
Claudia Fuchs .... model maker
Claudia Fuchs .... set designer
Claudia Fuchs .... storyboard artist
Simone Fust .... art department junior
Bettina Glier .... model maker
Anette Ingerl .... property master
Sonja Möginger .... assistant decorator
Stephanie Pedros .... assistant property master
Babett Pönisch .... props
Michael Schlegel .... set constructor
John Silva .... property master
Hayo Wolfram .... assistant decorator
Sound Department
Murat Baskan .... sound effects editor
Normann Büttner .... foley recordist
Tschangis Chahrokh .... sound re-recording mixer
Magda Habernickel .... sound editor
Nigel Holland .... original African backgrounds and FX
Mel Kutbay .... sound effects editor
Einar Marell .... sound: Cuxhaven
Georg Müller .... assistant sound
Annette Prey .... sound designer
Marcel Spisak .... sound designer
Andreas Wölki .... sound
Special Effects by
Erwin Gschwind .... special effects
Pit Rotter .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Andrea Geiger .... compositing supervisor: CA Scanline Production GmbH
Jan Krupp .... set supervisor: CA Scanline Production GmbH
Christian Pokorny .... head of animation: CA Scanline Production GmbH
Martin Riedel .... digital effects artist: CA Scanline Production GmbH
Stefanie Stalf .... visual effects producer: CA Scanline Production GmbH
Meike Weimann .... scanning and recording: scan&record35 (as Meike Pape)
Ismat Zaidi .... scanning and recording supervisor: scan&record35
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Atoni .... grip
Tim Bantien .... lighting assistant: second unit
Mike Bartlett .... Steadicam operator
Kurt Hannemann .... electrician
Harald Hauschildt .... gaffer
Ruben Killat .... assistant camera
Sila Kimeu .... electrician
Peter Kioko .... grip
Martin Lippert .... electrician
Benson Maingi .... best boy electric
Wycliffe Makotsi .... electrician
George Mbugua .... generator operator
Kungu Ngan .... generator operator
Stephen Obunde .... best boy grip
Dimitri Opekine .... electrician
Michael Praun .... second unit camera (camera operator)
Walter Wehner .... still photographer
Aurel Wunderer .... assistant camera
Casting Department
Beth Charkham .... casting: UK
Marek Juracek .... casting: Kenya
Heike Ulrich .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jeanette Apel .... chief costume cutter
Senay Ay .... wardrobe
Suzanne Belcher .... wardrobe (as Suzy Belcher)
Dorothee Claes .... assistant costume designer
Christopher Kariuki .... wardrobe: Kenya
William Kirui .... wardrobe: Kenya
Editorial Department
Mischa Leinkauf .... second assistant editor
Simone Lo Chiatto .... first assistant editor
Anouchka Malnovisch .... first assistant editor (as Anouchka Malnovic)
Traudl Nicholson .... color timer
Renate Siegl .... negative cutter
Margit Wiltschko .... assistant editor
Music Department
Rainer Bartesch .... conductor
Jael Bertschinger .... musician: harp
Karin Gatzke .... music consultant
Karin Gatzke .... music coordinator
Michaela Kaune .... musician
Rolf Moser .... music coordinator
Magatte Ndiaye .... musician: percussion
Kiku Pedroso .... musician: harp
Lutz Schilling .... musician: percussions
Jochen Schmidt-Hambrock .... composer: additional music
Sinfonieorchester Basel .... musician
Bernd Strasser .... music coordinator
Transportation Department
Martin Burkert .... production driver
Han van Schooneveld .... transportation manager: Kenya
Other crew
Josef Brandmaier .... funding
Yahya Chavanga .... location manager: Kenya
Thomas Friedl .... head of distribution and marketing
Thomas Friedl .... marketing head
Anja Giessing .... location manager: Germany (as Anja Gießing)
Anne Helmer .... production coordinator
Kai Johnston .... financial controller (as Kai Schadlich)
Norbert Klingner .... legal counsel
Karl Kresling .... title designer
Heike Kresse .... production trainee
Martin Kunze .... assistant: Caroline Link
Frank Kusche .... set manager: Kenya
Heike Käbisch .... set manager: Germany
Britta Lauber .... production coordinator
Susanne Liebetrau .... continuity
Warigia Macharia .... production secretary
Benedict Mirow .... ethnological consultant
Ali Mwangola .... location assistant
Natasha Nilson .... set manager assistant
Bob Nyanja .... location assistant
Michael Otto .... title designer
Christiane Plum .... assistant to producer
Ben Pont .... armorer
Sepp Reidinger .... laboratory contact: ARRI
Gottfried Reisecker .... laboratory contact: ARRI
Axel Rottmann .... location manager: Cuxhaven
Jule Schulze .... production coordinator
Andreas Schumann .... film crew
Sally Steele .... publicist
Eva Weber .... laboratory contact: ARRI
Georg Wittermann .... title designer
Thomas Schlesinger .... script consultant (uncredited)
Josef Brandmaier .... executive (bbf )

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Also Known As:
"Nirgendwo in Afrika" - Germany (original title)
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Rated R for some sexual content
141 min
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Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
[Discussing that Walter wants to go back to Germany]
Walter Redlich:It's not that I don't like the English, it's more... That they don't like me.
Colonel:Well, they don't like me either! I'm Scottish.
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Chronicle of a survival, 3 April 2003
Author: jotix100 from New York

This film was a surprise. It presents us a family that escape the horrors they foresaw coming in Germany to an uncertain future in Africa. The film as directed by Caroline Link, based on a novel by Stephanie Zweig, presents us with a family of survivors who will cling to life by going out of their world into the great unknown and a continent away.

In Germany the Redlich family is upper middle class. The household is filled with people going about their lives in an elegant way. That is until Walter and Jettel Redlich decide to leave it all behind to start a new life in Africa, thus avoiding a certain death.

Walter and Jettel stick out like sore thumbs in the rural part of Kenya where they go. Walter has never done any kind of manual labor, or Jettel, for that matter. Little Regina, who is a sweet and curious girl, feels right at home from the beginning. Children will adapt more easily than grown ups.

The Redlichs are lucky when Owuor arrives. They employ him right away. He is kindness personified; he turns out to be indispensable for all of them. When Walter loses the first post, the family has to relocate to another farm helped by the benevolent Susskind; his attraction to Jettel is evident, but he is too decent to take advantage of the situation.

The many difficulties are overcome because Jettel turns out to be the strongest person in this family. She is played by Juliane Kohler with gusto. She makes us feel she is this woman in the midst of a harsh place fighting all kinds of obstacles in order to survive in the new country.

The setting feels like the Africa of the 30s and 40s when it was a white man's paradise. This is the Africa where genocides will occur later on, as different nations will try to gain independence and some governments will practice what made this family flee Nazi Germany in the first place.

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