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Creaturely Life in “We Come as Friends”

English Department, The University of Zadar, 23000 Zadar, Croatia
Department of Ethnology and Anthropology, The University of Zadar, 23000 Zadar, Croatia
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Humanities 2019, 8(1), 44;
Received: 18 January 2019 / Revised: 20 February 2019 / Accepted: 20 February 2019 / Published: 1 March 2019
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In this article we focus on the analysis of a 2014 Austrian–French documentary We come as friends (110 min), written, directed, and produced by Hubert Sauper. We come as friends is a documentary about a corporate, polycentric, contemporary colonization of South Sudan. It is described by Sauper as “a modern odyssey, a dizzying, science fiction-like journey into the heart of Africa”. It is about Sudan, the continent’s biggest country, at the moment when it was divided into two nations in a 2011 referendum. It documents, according to Sauper, much more than the separation of the predominantly Christian south from the mostly “Muslim Arabs” of the rest of the Sudan; it shows how “an old ‘civilizing’ pathology reemerges—that of colonialism, clash of empires, and yet new episodes of bloody (and holy) wars over land and resources”. Inspired by Eric Santner’s concept of “creaturely life” we analyze a natural history of the present and creaturely expressions in We come as friends. View Full-Text
Keywords: creaturely life; film—We come as friends creaturely life; film—We come as friends
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Vrbancic, M.; Bozic-Vrbancic, S. Creaturely Life in “We Come as Friends”. Humanities 2019, 8, 44.

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