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A fascination with serendipity, irony, and absurdity like that in Werner Herzog's documentaries propels "Friends" into unexpected territory.
The action always feels as if it's unfolding in present tense, the avant-garde score and disorienting extreme close-ups conveying a sense of nervous, spontaneous energy.
The ongoing tragedy in Africa is too nefarious, too complicated, for any one film to do it justice, but We Come as Friends opens a wide window into this mansion of horrors.
Hubert Sauper goes where other people don't go, sees what the crowd doesn't see and creates unsettling, provocative political documentaries that are unlike anyone else's.
We Come as Friends aims a cinéma vérité lens on a place where many promises are made, but few are kept.
"We Come as Friends" has been beautifully filmed, with Sauper's God's-eye views of his plane's wing and the African landscape below resembling something Saint-Exupéry might have conjured.
... [director Hubert] Sauper knows when to shut up and refrain from being the kind of white man his subjects hate, instead giving a platform to them.
Seldom has a documentary immersed itself so far inside the culture it is portraying and with such devastating effect.
[We Come as Friends] is a compassionate, thoughtful film, which reminds us that Westerners trying to help in Africa are actually part of the problem.
Terrific iceberg media-honing in on the tip of a human crisis but evoking the vast global and historical freight beneath.
Sauper and his two-man crew fly over a land that's becoming as alien to its indigenous population as it was (and still is) to those who fancy exploiting it.
Deeply unsettling and saddening, a brief glimpse of a tanned George Clooney only solidifying the tragedy. This is a pretty powerful work of non-fiction.
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