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The Ambassador -- The Ambassador is a genre-breaking, tragic comedy about the bizarre and hidden world of African diplomacy, where diamond hustlers and corrupt politicians run free.
The Ambassador -- A European man heads to Africa for diplomatic purposes.
The Ambassador -- Clip: Caviar and Diamonds
The Ambassador -- What happens when a very white European man buys a diplomatic title which turns him into an African diplomat overnight - right in the middle of one of Central Africa’s most failed nation states? 
The Ambassador is a genre-breaking, tragic comedy about the bizarre and hidden world of African diplomacy, where gin-tonics flow on a daily basis and diamond hustlers and corrupt politicians run free.


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Maja Jul Larsen (writer)
Mads Brügger (original idea)
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Release Date:
5 October 2011 (Denmark) See more »
To break the story, he must become the story.
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. | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Mads Brügger ... Himself

Directed by
Mads Brügger 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mads Brügger  original idea
Mads Brügger  writer
Maja Jul Larsen  writer

Produced by
Jonas Bagger .... associate producer
Tobias Fønsskov Dahl .... assistant producer (as Tobias F. Dahl)
Peter Engel .... producer
Tomas Eskilsson .... co-producer
Peter Garde .... executive producer
Mette Hoffman Meyer .... executive producer
Carsten Holst .... producer
Peter Aalbæk Jensen .... executive producer
Julie Elmquist E. Neergaard .... assistant producer
Charlotte Vinther .... line producer
Original Music by
Niklas Schak 
Tin Soheili 
Cinematography by
Johan Stahl Winthereik 
Film Editing by
Leif Axel Kjeldsen 
Carsten Søsted 
Kimmo Taavila 
Production Management
Eva Jakobsen .... production manager
Art Department
Pernille Schellerup .... props
Sound Department
Katharina Bormann .... post sound facility coordinator
Hans Christian Kock .... sound designer
Hans Christian Kock .... sound
Hans Christian Kock .... supervising sound editor
Andreas Kongsgaard .... sound designer (as Andreas Kongsgaard Mogensen)
Andreas Kongsgaard .... sound (as Andreas Kongsgaard Mogensen)
Andreas Kongsgaard .... supervising sound editor (as Andreas Kongsgaard Mogensen)
Lea Korsgaard .... sound editor
Visual Effects by
Lalo .... visual effects
Simon Lytting .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Sine Vadstrup Brooker .... additional camera
Eva Jakobsen .... additional camera
Maja Jul Larsen .... additional camera
Editorial Department
Lars Dela .... technical consultant
Emil Eriksson .... colorist assistant
Emil Eriksson .... on-line editor
Lárus Ren Gudbjörnsson .... assistant editor
Olesya Kireeva .... first assistant editor
Dan Loghin .... additional editing
Simon Lytting .... colorist
Mikael Reidar .... on-line editor
Cecilie Rui .... post-production coordinator
Rune L. Søndergaard .... post-production assistant
Music Department
Mikkel Maltha .... music coordinator
Other crew
Jesper Jarl Becker .... assistant to producer (as Jesper Jarl Pedersen)
Martha Bramm .... accountant
Héloïse Lalanne Castellano .... production assistant
Tobias Dahl .... production assistant
Marie Gade Denessen .... assistant to producer (as Marie Cecilie Gade)
Michael Donaldson .... clearance counsel
Tine Engelbrecht .... booker
Richard Georg Engström .... fundraiser
Noemi Ferrer .... international financing
Adriana Filipczuk .... assistant to producer
Simon Peter Jacobsen .... production assistant
Anders Kjærhauge .... legal advisor
Karen Kristiansen .... production assistant
Stine Lauritzen Larsen .... assistant to producer
Ask Krogager Lund .... production assistant
Mikkel Maltha .... legal advisor
Joanna Mikolajczyk .... assistant to producer
Frederik Nemeth .... accountant
Amalie Næsby .... production assistant
Christopher L. Perez .... clearance counsel
Signe A. Rasmussen .... legal assistant
Frederik Stege .... legal advisor
Kasper Søderlund .... graphic design
Anna Tolnov .... assistant to producer
Ann Vognsen .... accountant

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Denmark:93 min (original version)
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At the very beginning of the movie Mads Brøgger is dressing up for the part. On his left hand he is seen wearing a replica of the "Good mark" ring normally worn by the comic book Character "The Phantom". This ring can permanently mark whomever it touches. The ring features four overlapping sabres forming a cross known as "The Good Mark". Those touched by it are under The Phantom's protection and the mark itself is said to give the wearer amazing luck. Whether Mads Brøgger actually met The Phantom during his stay in the Central African Republic is not known at this point, but having in mind that The Phantom usually takes care of criminal activities in the fictional African country Bengalla and is indeed a great friend of the pygmees it is highly likely that he would take immediate action.See more »
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13 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
Redundant, 15 June 2012
Author: billcr12 from United States

The Ambassador looks like a ninety minute version of the television news program 60 Minutes, with only Mike Wallsce jumping out for a confrontation missing. A Danish man finds a couple of different companies who sell diplomatic credentials for cash. Using a series of videos from hidden cameras, he shows the widespread corruption which crosses all national and racial boundaries. A major problem is, although most of the meetings are in English, many are in French, without translation.

He buys an official diplomacy for $130,000 and sets up a match factory with an Indian guy as cover for diamond mining. Thousands of such "diplomacies" are uncovered by the filmmaker, which isn't a big surprise to anyone who watches the news. Everyone has a price, as the saying goes, and even here in America, we have over 30,000 lobbyists, who bribe government officials every day to pass laws favorable to their clients.

As far as the documentary goes, it is extremely redundant, with endless meetings with officials being paid off for helping the "diplomat" do business in Africa. The Ambassador is done with a satirical bent, but is never very funny, given the subject matter in the end, which is blood diamonds. Overall, it is a sad commentary on the human race; we are all doomed.

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