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Screening: The Ambassador by Mads Brugger, Oct. 31 2014 @ Docubox Offices

Screening: The Ambassador by Mads Brugger

Screening: The Ambassador by Mads Brugger


Date: October 31, 2014
Venue: Docubox Offices
Time: 6.30-8.30 pm

About
In his new stunt documentary, “The Ambassador,” the Danish journalist and filmmaker Mads Brugger impersonates a European adventurer seeking his fortune in Africa. This character, named Mads Cortzen, might have been dreamed up by Joseph Conrad in collaboration with Sacha Baron Cohen. A slender, dapper fellow with a ginger beard and an ironical manner, Cortzen motors around Liberia and the Central African Republic in a flag-festooned Volvo, handing out bribes and secretly recording his meetings with government ministers, diamond mine owners and shady passport brokers. Mr. Brugger’s voice-over briskly explains the rules and risks associated with his imposture, and reveals a world in which everything seems to be for sale. His first purchase is a Liberian diplomatic credential, which he thinks will allow him to operate in the Central African Republic with impunity as he buys conflict gems and sets up a match factory. Nothing is quite as simple as it seems. A Dutch fixer and Liberian officials, in spite of thousands of dollars in fees and “donations,” cannot put his papers in order, placing him at risk of arrest or worse. His Central African partners might be ripping him off, and it becomes hard to tell if Cortzen is master of the mock-diplomatic game or the world’s biggest sucker.

It is also sometimes difficult to read Mr. Brugger’s intentions. “The Ambassador” is both a satire of European cynicism and an exposé of African corruption, but a crucial element of social or ethical concern is missing. There is, for example, no sense of the toll that venal governments and abusive business practices exact on ordinary Africans, and the arrogant contempt that his alter ego shows for the Central African Republic and its people sometimes seems to belong to Mr. Brugger as well.

But much of what he was able to record — the deadpan viciousness of a French mercenary in charge of state security; the casual greed of fellow diplomats; the pomposity and duplicity of local bureaucrats — is genuinely appalling. Mr. Brugger’s portrait of shameless, routine collusion between exploitative foreigners and dysfunctional dictatorships is depressing and undeniable.

Unless, that is, “The Ambassador” is even more of a hoax than it seems to be. This strikes me as plausible, since somebody having this much fun in such proximity to horror may not be completely trustworthy. Via http://www.nytimes.com/

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The African Dance Party: First Series feat. Wiz Kid, Oct. 19 2014 @ Carnivore Grounds

Good times africa
Date: October 19, 2014
Venue: Carnivore Grounds
Time: 5 pm to 2 am

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BORN FREE: Past, Present and Future Presented by Will Travers, Oct. 15 2014 @ Louis Leakey Auditorium

BORN FREE: Past, Present and Future
Presented by Will Travers, President, Born Free Foundation

Date: Wednesday 15 October 2014
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi National Museum
Time: Talk 7:00 pm

The Born Free Foundation is a dynamic international wildlife charity, founded in 1984 by Will Travers parents, the actors Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film Born Free
Travers will talk about what the Foundation is doing to assist in the fight to stop ivory trade, the protection of Kenya’s wildlife and wild places for future generations.
Refreshments for sale 6.15pm Talk 7:00 pm
Donation: Ksh 200 Citizen or Student
Ksh 400 KMS member
Ksh 500 Guest
Tickets: 0724 255299, 2339158 or info@kenyamuseumsociety.org
MPESA no: 400800 Account no: 6571570019

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Science Café: Can small scale farming feed the world? Oct. 14 2014 @ Alliance Française

Science Cafe
Date: October 14, 2014
Venue: Alliance Française
Time: 6:30 pm
Entry: Free

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International Day of the Girl Child – Ending the Cycle of Violence, Oct. 13 2014 @ Pawa 254 Rooftop

EN - Nigeria Vigil Oct 13 Flyer

When: Monday, 13 October 2014; 6-8pm
Where: PAWA 254 Rooftop, Nairobi
Contact: equalitynownairobi@equalitynow.org
Facebook Event: http://tinyurl.com/BBOGVigil
Directions: http://pawa254.org/map-location/

Download EN – Nigeria Vigil Oct 13 Flyer [pdf] for more information.

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First 30 Days of Halloween, Oct. 13 – Nov. 12 2014 @ Nairobi Art Centre

First 30 Days of Halloween

Find more info. on their Facebook Page

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Spoken Word + Double Album Launch: Unchained Voices, Oct. 12 2014 @ Alliance Française Auditorium

Unchained Voices

October 12, 2014 at 3:18 pm 1 comment

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