Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Adopted: an intriguing German documentary

The German cultural centre in Kampala features twice-monthly German and African movies. Yesterday,a thoughtful documentary was screened at their lush gardens at Nakasero in Kampala. Four Germans who are enstranged in Germany from their social lives and western life in general leave for Ghana to be 'adopted' by four 'foster' families. They leave behind careers and families to start over in Africa living in semi-rural lives of pit latrines, wells and an agrararian life. The triple heritage of Africa popularised by Mazuri comes into sharp focus. What follows is an intriguing journey one that inspires very deep reflections on the meaning and purpose of life, culture and humanity. Expectations and illusions become instantly endangered.

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