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Danish journalist Mads Brügger goes undercover as a Liberian Ambassador to embark on a dangerous yet hysterical journey to uncover the blood diamond trade in Africa.

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Danish journalist Mads Brügger goes undercover as a Liberian Ambassador to embark on a dangerous yet hysterical journey to uncover the blood diamond trade in Africa.

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Mads illuminates a post-neo-colonial age in Africa
14 March 2012 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

"The Ambassador" is a revealing documentary on the existence of corruption in Africa. Mads leaves his life as a danish journalist and becomes an African diplomat. A life where one can operate freely, with very few moral boundaries while still being a respected member of society. Being able to indulge oneself in secret state-affairs, enjoy red-carpet treatment and travel the world with a suitcase full of diamonds.

Mads illuminates a post-neo-colonial age in Africa where diplomatic accrediting is given to anyone with a bag full of money. The documentary contains very few satirical moments, and I would suggest it is made more with the intent of being informative than it is to shame individuals or society in itself. Then what is satire? One encyclopedia explains satire as using "vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings ... to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, and society itself, into improvement." (Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2004)

I would recommend it to anyone with a soft spot for documentaries with a twist. It's an entertaining watch.


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