The most intense documentary film you’ll probably ever see, The Ambassador, gets released August 29th (national rollout to follow).
It centers around journalist, Mads Brügger, going deep inside the underworld of the Central African Republic. With an array of hidden cameras he faces blood diamond smuggling, bribery, and even murder.
Brügger and his Ambassador, the 2012 winner of Best Documentary at the Robert Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival 2012 selection, has also come under fire for the way he acquired the Liberian Diplomatic papers to embark on his journey.
According to Liberia’s The Daily Observer, “President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says she’s concerned over a documentary film in which Danish Journalist, Mads Johan Brugger Cortzen, presented himself as a Liberian Diplomat with titles of Consul General and Ambassador-At-Large, accredited to the Central African Republic (CAR).”
“Presidential Press Secretary Jerolinmick Z. Piah said the issue is of grave concern to the President, and she has called for a full investigation. …The Government of Liberia said Mr. Cortzen’s action was not only immoral but criminal and offensive to the Government and people of Liberia. In a documentary, Cortzen said his motive was going undercover to explore the nefarious world of blood diamonds and corruption in Africa.”
According to the press release, Brügger defends his stance that his only motive was to show how corrupt and easy the system is, in obtaining blood diamonds.
Controversy usually equals cash.
Source: Liberian Observer