Next to UN cargo planes, the tiny aircraft which Hubert Sauper helped to build looks like a toy. Touching down on grassy strips and military airports in Sudan, shortly before the country's partition in 2011, he visits people and places in one of the world’s most politically confusing regions, interviews both Sudanese and international decision-makers, politicians and profiteers, Chinese crude oil workers, shake their heads at European dreams of being a major power and ponder the cultural gap between themselves and Africans which necessitates certain ‘precautionary measures’. The film forgoes an answer to make us aware of the complexity of one of the most controversial questions of our time. A puzzling, challenging and provocative documentary.
Hubert was born in Kitzbühel, Tyrolian Alps. Having spent his childhood in Austria, he then lived in Great Britain, Italy, the USA, Tanzania, Congo and South Sudan. His »homebase« since the mid 90s is France. He studied film directing partly in Vienna and Paris and graduated with excellence B. A. Hubert gives conferences and master classes in film schools and universities all over the world. His socio-political and poetic films have been winning over 50 major international prizes, among them the awards at Venice Film Festival, Berlinale, Sundance, NY, the French, Austrian and European Academy Award, and an Oscar nomination for best documentary.