Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
The Gift That Keeps on Giving - Leaked Sony Email Challenges Denzel Washington's Overseas Box Office Appeal The Gift That Keeps on Giving - Leaked Sony Email Challenges Denzel Washington's Overseas Box Office Appeal Backlash Against New VH1 Series 'Sorority Sisters' Backlash Against New VH1 Series 'Sorority Sisters' Tessa Thompson Books Female Lead Role in Ryan Coogler's 'Creed' Opposite Michael B. Jordan Tessa Thompson Books Female Lead Role in Ryan Coogler's 'Creed' Opposite Michael B. Jordan Samuel L. Jackson Has His Own Challenge for Other Celebrites in Reaction to "Racist Police" (Watch) Samuel L. Jackson Has His Own Challenge for Other Celebrites in Reaction to "Racist Police" (Watch) Why Aren’t We Talking About the Sexual Assault in 'Beyond the Lights'? Why Aren’t We Talking About the Sexual Assault in 'Beyond the Lights'? Page to Screen Possibilities for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's 'Americanah' (Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo Starring) Page to Screen Possibilities for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's 'Americanah' (Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo Starring) David Oyelowo Joins Lupita Nyong’o in 'Americanah' Film Adaptation David Oyelowo Joins Lupita Nyong’o in 'Americanah' Film Adaptation Leaked Sony Emails Reveal Interest in Destiny's Child Biopic + Immersive Kanye West Feature Film Experience Leaked Sony Emails Reveal Interest in Destiny's Child Biopic + Immersive Kanye West Feature Film Experience Weekend B.O. Dec. 12-14 (So How’s That Boycott Working for Ya?) Weekend B.O. Dec. 12-14 (So How’s That Boycott Working for Ya?) What Sony Pictures Chief Amy Pascal Should Do if She Sincerely Wants to Make Amends What Sony Pictures Chief Amy Pascal Should Do if She Sincerely Wants to Make Amends Ava DuVernay Earns Her Way Into the History Books - First Black Woman Director to Be Nominated for a Golden Globe Award Ava DuVernay Earns Her Way Into the History Books - First Black Woman Director to Be Nominated for a Golden Globe Award Woody Allen Says He Won’t Hire a Black Actor Unless the Role Calls for One... Whatever That Means Woody Allen Says He Won’t Hire a Black Actor Unless the Role Calls for One... Whatever That Means Will You Join The Boycott 'Exodus' Movement? (Or You Don't Care) Will You Join The Boycott 'Exodus' Movement? (Or You Don't Care) My MoviePass Experience - What Works & What Could Be Improved (The Movie Theater Subscription Service) My MoviePass Experience - What Works & What Could Be Improved (The Movie Theater Subscription Service) Co-Screenwriter of 'Noah' Explains Why There Are No Black People Or POC In The Film Co-Screenwriter of 'Noah' Explains Why There Are No Black People Or POC In The Film Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Lifetime Launches New Series Set In Elite World Of Hip-Hop Majorette Competitions (Watch Preview) Lifetime Launches New Series Set In Elite World Of Hip-Hop Majorette Competitions (Watch Preview) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Will Smith Explains Why Willow Smith Dropped Out Of 'Annie' Remake Will Smith Explains Why Willow Smith Dropped Out Of 'Annie' Remake Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Trailer/Poster For "Sleeping Sickness" ("An Ambitious Look At Europe/Africa Relationship")

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act June 22, 2011 at 6:27AM

"An ambitious look at the ambiguous relationship between Europe and Africa" is how Cineuropa describes it.
0

"An ambitious look at the ambiguous relationship between Europe and Africa" is how Cineuropa describes it.

Needless to say, that'll get my attention each and every time. Is the relationship all that ambiguous though? I'm being cheeky... a little; although I'm thinking that maybe a more descriptive term would be "complicated," or "complex."

Anywho... the German-produced film is called Sleeping Sickness, made its premiere earlier this year at the Berlinale. It's directed by Ulrich Köhler, and centers on a (white) family living in Cameroon, in West Africa, as they find themselves "torn between two worlds and two different perspectives." I'm sure you can guess what the 2 worlds/perspectives are.

The family patriarch, German Dr Ebbo, has been living in Cameroon for many years with his family, though his teen daughter is studying in Germany, which makes his wife even more anxious to leave the Cameroon and return to Germany to be closer to their child. But the choice isn't an easy one for Dr Ebbo. Guess why he's so torn?

If you've seen films like Claire Denis' White Material - a somewhat similar story actually - you'll know what I mean.

In the end, there's some drama that results from his indecision, etc, etc, etc...

But what makes this fable different from titles like White Material is that it includes a second plotline that looks at the idea of remigration from the opposite POV. Specifically, we are also introduced to a character named Alex Nzila, a young Congolese physician, who has spent much of his life studying and working in France, who travels to Cameroon, after not setting foot in the African continent for a long period of time, to evaluate a development project. So, like Dr Ebbo, he feels like a stranger in what should be his own land (Europe for Ebbo, Africa for Nzila).

Of course, all kinds of drama ensues for both men, based on the trailer that follows below. Ordinarily, I'd be uninterested in a film like this, as the story is often one-sided, told strictly from the white man/woman's POV; I appreciate the inclusion of the reverse. So, while I can't say I'll approach this with some trepidation, I'm curious about all the developments we see in the trailer below - which isn't subtitled, by the way; also the poster is underneath (no word on when and where it'll be released yet):

This article is related to: Film posters, Trailer


Shadow & ActNewsletter