Exclusive New Clip from THE AMBASSADOR

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We here at Collider are happy to debut a new clip from the documentary The Ambassador.  The darkly comic doc blurs the line between straight documentary and “mockumentary”, as director Mads Brügger has developed a new style of documentary filmmaking that he calls performative journalism.  The film exposes the corrupt business of selling diplomatic titles to exploit the lucrative and limited resources of war torn, third world nations, but it does so by creating a caricature of a corrupt diplomat and throwing him into real situations with hidden cameras.  This clip provides a glimpse at how Brügger pulls this off as we see a “diplomat” stumble through a speech at a public event in the Central African Republic.

Hit the jump to watch the clip.  The Ambassador is currently available VOD and is playing in select theaters.

THE AMBASSADOR Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.  The Ambassador opens today in limited release and VOD.]

Documentaries are not objective. They are always presenting a truth in a certain light and in a way we’re being conned into viewing the world under the guise of objectivity. “It’s out of my control!” says the documentary filmmaker. “Even I don’t know what will happen next!” Mads Brügger‘s gonzo documentary The Ambassador is a film where everyone is conning everyone and the audience may be the biggest mark. Brügger puts himself into the position of a criminal in order to expose criminal activity, but we’re left to wonder how much he’s staged. For some documentaries, that may be unimportant and simply a narrative device to prove a larger point. But for The Ambassador, the film turns on whether or not we’re being played. If we aren’t, then the movie is a stunning expose on a vast web of corruption. But if we are being conned, then the film is a stunning piece of exploitation on a global scale done for the sake of Brügger’s ego rather than journalism. And if the truth lies somewhere in between, isn’t it based on a lie?

Sundance 2012: THE AMBASSADOR Review

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Documentaries are not objective.  They are always presenting a truth in a certain light and in a way we’re being conned into viewing the world under the guise of objectivity.  “It’s out of my control!” says the documentary filmmaker. “Even I don’t know what will happen next!”  Mads Brügger’s gonzo documentary The Ambassador is a film where everyone is conning everyone and the audience may be the biggest mark.  Brügger puts himself into the position of a criminal in order to expose criminal activity, but we’re left to wonder how much he’s staged.  For some documentaries, that may be unimportant and simply a narrative device to prove a larger point.  But for The Ambassador, the film turns on whether or not we’re being played.  If we aren’t, then the movie is a stunning expose on a vast web of corruption.  But if we are being conned, then the film is a stunning piece of exploitation on a global scale done for the sake of Brügger’s ego rather than journalism.  And if the truth lies somewhere in between, isn’t it based on a lie?

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