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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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Director:
Writers:
Maja Jul Larsen (writer)
Mads Brügger (original idea)
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Release Date:
5 October 2011 (Denmark) See more »
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To break the story, he must become the story.
Plot:
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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Awards:
2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Muddled message See more (11 total) »

Cast

  (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
Michael Donaldson .... clearance counsel
Tine Engelbrecht .... booker
Richard Georg Engström .... fundraiser
Noemi Ferrer .... international financing
Adriana Filipczuk .... assistant to producer
Marie Cecilie Gade .... 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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9 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Muddled message, 25 January 2013
Author: p-stepien from United Kingdom

Crack reporter Mads Brugger invokes his inner Sascha Baron Cohen to turn into a Liberian diplomat searching for blood diamonds and the corruption surrounding it. Through his journey he comes into contact with brokers, who deal in diplomatic papers, thus offering despicable white guys opportunities to practise shady business matters in Africa. Laden with cash and an ultimate pre-ordained goal (of uncovering the blood diamonds trade), he dons a white suit, immerses himself into an eccentric European persona with racial stereotypes and ludicrous point of views, soon raining down on the Central African Republic, one of the most corrupt failed states in the world.

Despite touching some extremely fascinating issues, such as the brokerage in diplomatic passports, post-colonial back-room dealings and the mechanisms of power and money, "The Ambassador" poses several very problematic issues in terms of artistic honesty, limited contemplation and matter sensitivity by the director as well as some starkly distracting manipulative tactics. When Brugger is in character generally anything goes, much like the famed Borat, but unlike his British predecessor the Dutch director fails to capture the same controversial feedback, instead our quirky diplomat talks absurd nonsense to liven up proceedings with his unknowing counterparts just letting the powerful white dude churn out drivel, at best nodding in belated agreement. However the problem area lies in the overriding outlook by Mads Brugger, who often narrates his close-minded point of view, unfortunately one quagmired in generalisations, ignorance and a permeating lack of sensitivity. The basic message and ultimate downfall of Brugger being: "This is Africa", as if a documentary about Belarus could be summarised as "This is Europe". The Heart of Darkness is obviously invoked (despite the fact that the 'heart of darkness' by Conrad actually wasn't placed in Africa, but inside white colonialists), while Brugger dishes out overly generalised comments hidden within 'jokey punts' for the effect factor, making him almost as derogatory a character as his 'false diplomat' persona.

"The Ambassador" also feels overly fabricated as Mad Brugger has his mind set on reaching the pre-conceived conclusions, and if the facts say otherwise then f%^& the facts - such as the unapologethically misinformed attack on Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, which concludes the documentary. Another stark example: when shown a picture of what in my eyes looked like an amiable and friendly looking Asian, Brugger surprisingly narrates about how this person looks 'shady' (why? because he's Chinese?). The director's quest for so-called 'blood diamonds' ends up looking like a wild goose chase, but when he finally comes across a partner in business, it turns out that Brugger has a self-proclaimed definition of what 'blood diamonds' are (apparently government licensed diamonds mines using crude artisinal extraction methods qualifies as 'blood mining'). The stronger questions regarding corruption, the whole audacity of trading in diplomatics credentials and power mechanisms seems overshadowed by Brugger's incessant focus on getting a big story, instead of focusing on the small issues exposed to form the big picture.

The most divisive and contemptuous matters occur when Mads Bruger decides to have some mock fun at the expense of Pygmies, a side of the narrative, which should have been cut out for the director's sake, as he comes out as extremely exploitative and tasteless. A issue very well summarised by Docutopia reviewer Anthony Kaufman: "Thus, like the political stunts of Michael Moore, sometimes they work brilliantly when the target is right, as in Bowling for Columbine, when he goes after K-mart for selling bullets; but not when that target is misplaced, as when he goes after ailing NRA president Charlton Heston in the same film, trying to make him feel responsible for the shooting death of a young girl." Thus the inherent problem of Mads Bruger himself often feeling like the most embarrassing thing in the movie, something that "Borat" managed to avoid despite the titular hero running around with buttocks exposed in a five star hotel.

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