DENMARK – 2011 – 93 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY MADS BRÜGGER

A strange, enigmatic and decadent white diplomat arrives in central Africa, looking like a mixture of Henry Stanley and Karl Lagerfeld. He has recently bought an ambassadorship and claims to be a do-good rich business man, who has come to spearhead a diplomatic mission. 

Officially he is there to start a factory that produces matches — this, to employ locals and teach how to make this simple piece of fire-making equipment. Unofficially he is really there to gain access to vast reserves of diamonds. THE AMBASSADOR is a genre-breaking, tragic comedy about the bizarre world of African diplomacy.

 

"Wallowing in corruption in order to expose it"
THE GLOBE AND MAIL

"Danish journalist Mads Brügger seeks to expose just how easily diplomatic accreditation can be purchased in Africa for the purposes of smuggling and illegal trading."
NOW MAGAZINE

"Brügger is a fearless performer who has been compared to Sacha Baron Cohen, and he has a Borat-like knack for suckering the politicians and business types that he meets into acting like idiots — and occasionally monsters — for the camera."
- The Grid