Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Ambassador

Denmark 2011

Details IMDB
Seen 12 May 2014

Ratings from other sources
IMDB 7.3/10

Danish journalist Mads Brügger goes undercover as a Liberian Ambassador to embark on a dangerous yet hysterical journey to uncover the blood diamond trade in Africa

My ratings 7.0/10

My impressions:

A story that tries to show the inner workings of the blood diamond trade in Africa. Seen from the perspective of an outsider who is trying to pass himself off as a consul. That cover is supposed to make him immune from the usual checks when he travels to and from that country with lots of cash or diamonds.

A comedy at one level as it shows how unprepared the main character is when he faces difficult situations. A sad reality on another level. The danger and dealings are accepted routines in the country.

The daily lives of its citizens.
Far removed from the riches
Gained from the mineral abundant

The gains are for those in power
Those with connections

A wrong move
A wrong decision
Might signal the end of all plans

But others continue coming
Following their dreams
That one day
They will strike it rich

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