Global CINEMAspectives Film & Discussion Series
Nirgendwo in Afrika (Nowhere in Africa)
The film tells the story of a Jewish family that emigrates to Kenya shortly before World War II to escape the Nazis and run a farm. Walter, a former lawyer, finds work as a farm manager and sends for his family. His wife Jettel has trouble adjusting to life in Africa, although their daughter Regina quickly adapts to her new environment. When war breaks out, the British round up all German citizens. Jettel sleeps with a German-speaking British soldier to secure work and a home on a farm for the family. After the war, the Redlichs must decide whether to remain in Kenya or return to Germany. The film won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Prof. Claude Welch, Department of Political Science, UB, will introduce the film and lead a discussion following the screening.