Paul Ruven Feature film - 2008 - 90 min.

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In Africa, a petulant director of commercials is approached by a girl who claims to be his daughter. During a road trip, he gets to know the country and the girl, as well as a different side of himself.

Fifteen years after making a film about Africa, the successful but deeply cynical director of commercials Frank Meutstege is honoured in, sure enough, Africa. He hates the continent that he consistently calls 'Mafrica' and tries to get away from it as soon as possible - also because his future bride is waiting for him on a safer continent. But things work out differently. A fifteen-year-old African girl claims to be Frank's daughter. She begs him to follow her to her mother's hut, where he shot the film years ago. He grudgingly follows her on a dangerous journey across the country. Frank is robbed of his things ('Strengthening bias here, mate!'), but also gets acquainted with his potential daughter and a warmer side of himself. In this road movie, the eternal cynic is won over by the Africans he initially despised. He scatters around prejudice so unsparingly that it becomes hilarious. The gorgeous scenery and cheerful African music contribute to this spiteful character's lessons of life.


Director(s) Paul Ruven
Script Paul Ruven
Producer(s) René Huybrechtse
Margot Nicolaes
Simone van den Ende
Production Company
Dutch Mountain Film
Palazzina Productions
Executive Producer
Jean-Pierre Claes
Director of Photography
Production Design
Mares Thomassen
Sound Design
Sound Editor
Sound on Set
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