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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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Release Date:
27 December 2001 (Germany) See more »
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Tagline:
Sometimes home is where you least expect it See more »
Plot:
A German Jewish refugee family moves to and adjusts to a farm life in 1930s Kenya. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 17 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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(10 articles)
Bernd Eichinger
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 30 January 2011, 4:01 PM, PST)

Ladies night at Munich awards
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 20 July 2006)

Hopscotch touts slate
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 4 February 2005)

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Cast

  (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
Aline 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
Jeannette Latzelsberger .... key hair stylist
Elke Lebender .... hair stylist
Uli Madej .... assistant makeup artist: Germany
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 .... 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)
 
Thanks
Josef Brandmaier .... executive (bbf )
 

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Also Known As:
"Nirgendwo in Afrika" - Germany (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some sexual content
Runtime:
141 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Walter Redlich:This country saved our lives, but it isn't our country!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV)See more »

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29 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
A different view of racism, 2 February 2004
Author: Casey Machula (caseymachula@earthlink.net) from Flagstaff, AZ

When it comes to films about the Nazi racism, Nowhere in Africa is in a class by itself. Unlike Schindler's List and a plethora of screenplays on the subject, all of which confine the drama to the morality of good and evil, some with didactic overtones, others with pure shock value, or both, this movie illuminates, both with a spotlight, and a microscope, the social origins of racism. Here's the problem: The very institutions that teach right from wrong, that inculcate tribal loyalty, patriotism, and social identity, that teach us to pledge allegiance and follow the golden rule, have also quietly inferred, or noisily demanded, that the `other,' the `alien amongst us' in Biblical terms, is both different, and inferior. Every culture, Herodotus observed, thinks its own system of values superior to the values of others. If this is true (and I think it is), the subtext is clear: `others' are inferior. Which leads one to ask: Is it possible to have a moral, socialized populace without racism, or, at least, ethnocentrism?

Set in Kenya during World War II, the drama devolves around the struggles of an expatriate family of German Jews. Culturally, intellectually, and socially, they are Germans, not Jews, which is both fascinating, and historically accurate. Like many other Jews of their generation, the expatriate family viewed their Jewish heritage with both skepticism, and as a sentimental indulgence. Unable to come to grips with the events in Europe, reeling from and their new social status of being nobodies in the middle of nowhere, they struggle as social nomads, stuck between their privileged position as white overlords of the native Blacks, and their fallen, uncertain status as guests without rights. We watch the internal dynamics of a Jewish expatriate family through the prism of its own internalized assumptions, both as highly cultured Germans, and increasingly as Jews. And what they discover about their own hidden assumptions, their ethnocentrism and European sense of privilege and superiority, becomes as shocking to them as Hitler's Germany.

Like every other archetypal hero, being nobody in the middle of nowhere is the crucible that produces the Hero's special character, where he or she eventually returns home, in the end, bearing gifts, wisdom, and a healing balm. In the end, they emerge with real gem of a prize: they understand, both intellectually and emotionally, the comparative advantage of other cultures and societies.

What I especially loved about this film is its emotional tone. It's an emotionally evocative film, though not with the mawkish, childish paroxysms of a Disney flick. We watch adults dealing with culturally layered adult emotions, unwrapping and examining each layer as one peels an onion. Their collective emotional journey is as rich and textured and subtly presented as any I've seen.

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