We come as friends

WE COME AS FRIENDS is a modern odyssey, a dizzying, science fiction-like journey into the heart of Africa.  At the moment when the Sudan, the continent's biggest country, is being divided into two nations, an old 'civilizing' pathology re-emerges that of colonialism, the clash of empires, and ever-new episodes of bloody (and holy) wars over land and resources.

The director of "Darwin's Nightmare" takes us on this voyage in his tiny, self-made flying machine out of tin and canvas, he leads us into most improbable locations and into people's thoughts and dreams, in both stunning and heartbreaking ways. Chinese oil workers, UN peacekeepers, Sudanese warlords, and American evangelists ironically weave common ground in this documentary.

If "history does not repeat itself, but rhymes", the WE COME AS FRIENDS bears witness to this disquieting reality
it is a complex, profound and humorous cinematic endeavor   a tale of very old and rather sinister verses. 


© KGP Filmproduktion, Adelante Film


World premiere: Sundance Film Festival 2014 (Park City, USA)



Sundance Film Festival (Park City, USA)

Special Jury Award for Cinematic Bravery

Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Berlin, Germany)

Peace Film Award

Planete+ Doc Film Festival (Warsaw, Poland)

Millennium Award

Subversive Festival (Zagreb, Croatia)

Wild Dreamer Award

Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival (Jihlava, Czech Republic)

Best Central and Eastern European Documentary

Viennale (Vienna, Austria)

Best Documentary

European Film Academy (Berlin, Germany)

Nomination: European Film Award for Best Documentary


Academy Awards (USA)

Nomination: Best Documentary

Akademie des Österreichischen Films (Austria)

Best Documentary



Sundance Film Festival (Park City, USA)
Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Berlin, Germany)
New Directors/New Films Festival (New York City, USA)
Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema (Buenos Aires, Brasil)
International Istanbul Film Festival (Istanbul, Turkey)
San Francisco International Film Festival (San Francisco, USA)
Subversive Festival (Zagreb, Croatia)
Planete+Doc Film Festival (Warsaw, Poland)
Peace & Love Film Festival (Örebro, Sweden)
RapidLion - The South African International Film Festival (Johannesburg, South Africa)
DokuFest (Prizren, Kosovo)
Milano Film Festival (Milano, Italy)
Zürich Film Festival (Zurich, Switzerland)
Kapittel International Festival of Literature and Freedom of Speech (Stavanger, Norway)
Helsinki International Film Festival (Helsinki, Finnland)
Bergen International Film Festival (Bergen, Norway)
Festival do Rio (Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)
Vancouver International Film Festival (Vancouver, Canada)
Busan International Film Festival (Busan, South Korea)
BFI London Film Festival (London, UK)
Haifa International Film Festival (Haifa, Israel)
Morelia International Film Festival (Morelia, Mexico)
Human Rights Film Festival: Inconvenient Films (Vilnius, Lithuania)
Australia International Film Festival
Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival (Jihlava, Czech Republic)
CPH:DOX (Kopenhagen, Denmark)
Seville European Film Festival (Sevilla, Spain)
Cairo International Film Festival (Kairo, Egypt) 
Montreal International Documentary Festival (Montreal, Canada
Ljubljana International Film Festival (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
IDFA: Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Viennale (Vienna, Austria)

FIAC San Cristobal de las Casas (San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico)
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (Thessaloniki, Greece)
Movies That Matter Film Festival (The Hague, The Netherlands)
Docudays UA (Kyiv, Ukraine)
One World Romania Film Festival (Bukarest, Romania)
One World Film Festival (Prague, Czech Republic)
FEBIOFEST (Bratislava, Slovakia)
Diagonale. Festival des österreichischen Films (Graz, Austria)
Donostia - San Sebastian Human Rights Film Festival (San Sebastian, Spain)
Encuentros del Otro Cine (Ecuador)
FICMEC (Spain)