Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Nowhere in Africa
My last Netflix film was the artistically filmed Nowhere in Africa
(Nirgendwo in Afrika), 2001. This gorgeous epic, skillfully directed
by Caroline Link, is based on the autobiographical novel of the same
name by Stefanie Zweig. The film tells the story of an upper class
German Jewish family who escape the Nazis in 1938 by immigrating
to Kenya and struggling under tumultuous circumstances to start a
I was in complete awe of the beauty and poignancy of this film. It's
rich with gorgeous Kenyan landscape and culture. The run time is
141 minutes, but it seemed like only an hour. The delicious multi
layering of this movie completely wrapped itself around me. Can you
tell I loved it? It well deserves the Academy Award it received for
Best Foreign Language Film in 2002. This one is on the "wish list"
for my personal little DVD collection. It is definitely a film I will want
to watch again and again. Queue it up! It's powerful.