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      The Ambassador

      Released Aug 29, 2012 1h 33m Documentary List
      71% Tomatometer 38 Reviews 75% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Using hidden cameras, filmmaker Mads Brugger exposes the ease with which he obtained a fake passport and smuggled blood diamonds out of the Central African Republic. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Jennifer Dworkin Film Comment Magazine Brgger seems very taken with his own cleverness-his too-cool-for-school attitude suggests that his ultimate aim is really to amuse himself. Nov 5, 2013 Full Review James Adams Globe and Mail At film's end, you'll probably feel like having a long, hot shower, metaphoric or otherwise, to wash away the mire Brgger has presented. Rated: 3/4 Jan 11, 2013 Full Review J. R. Jones Chicago Reader [Brugger] returns with a jaw-dropping expos of postcolonial corruption; he's lucky he returned with his head. Oct 4, 2012 Full Review Jack Fleischer Battleship Pretension Was this film worth the potential damage it may have caused? Could this information have been revealed in a compelling manner without the goofy subterfuge? I don't know. Mar 22, 2021 Full Review Mattie Lucas From the Front Row They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. And in this case you have to wonder just which road Brügger is on. Rated: 2.5/4 Aug 6, 2019 Full Review Brent Simon Shared Darkness A wild, darkly comic slice of nonfiction branded 'performative journalism' by its creator. Ballsy, attention-grabbing and a lot of fun for anyone with an interest in matters geopolitical. Rated: B- Feb 7, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member 3/31/16 Sundance Doc Club What a story, what a corrupt world. How did Brugger get out alive? This is an amazing look into a society and way of life you could not imagine much less make up. There are some really slimy people in the world and this film finds them under every rock. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member As a film, The Ambassador is fascinating. Danish provocateur/journalist Mads Brügger embeds himself in the dangerous and twisted world of the African business diplomat. With sketchy, black market credentials, the character he's playing moves from Monrovia, Liberia to Bangui, Central African Republic in search of blood diamonds but under the pretense of building a third-world-saving match factory. The real Brügger, it seems, wants to expose the actual men who participate in these abhorrent transactions, but at what cost? The film admirably addresses the moral quagmire it finds itself bogged down in by calling attention to the men who are counting on Brügger to live up to his promises of investing and creating jobs in the area. But for all the time Brügger spends darkly sending up this diplomatic culture (what with his leather boots and cigarette holder), it's hard to enjoy yourself watching The Ambassador. The film, as you might have guessed by this point, is a documentary along the lines of Exit Through the Gift Shop and Catfish. The access Brügger gains into the upper levels of the Central African Republic government is nothing short of astonishing. He films his meetings with them in what must be the only safe style-using either a handheld camera operated by an unknown associate or using hidden cameras rigged to his person or in his apartment. Lord knows what would have happened to Brügger if one of these cameras was discovered. It's such a ludicrous situation that one can't help but as least question the legitimacy of it all. Were these people in on Brügger's joke the whole time? Certainly not all of them, as we learn late in the film that one interviewee was found dead (though there doesn't seem to be any connection whatsoever to Brügger). But a good portion of The Ambassador's budget must have been spent on paying off these high-ranking government officials-some good, old-fashioned "Don't kill me, please" money. Brügger doesn't flinch when dealing with any of these people-the mark of an outstanding performer. But one wonders how he could emotionally remove himself from these people and this situation so thoroughly. That's the mark of someone with a few screws loose. Whether you view The Ambassador as a brilliant piece of gonzo journalism or a despicable, deceptive mockumentary that manipulates third-world men and women, it's hard to argue against the film's originality. I can guarantee you won't see anything like The Ambassador this year. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member Sketchy business as usual in the Central African Republic. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review markus m While no doubt a humorous and entertaining watch, this documentary never really succeeds in being provocative in the way that many of the most powerful ones are. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member nobly quixotic but unfocused and horribly dull Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Interesting, but what's the message? Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis Using hidden cameras, filmmaker Mads Brugger exposes the ease with which he obtained a fake passport and smuggled blood diamonds out of the Central African Republic.
      Mads Brügger
      Peter Engel, Carsten Holst
      Mads Brügger, Maja Jul Larsen
      Drafthouse Films
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 29, 2012, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 15, 2016
      1h 33m
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