GenreDocumentary Music directorNiklas Schak, Tin Soheili CountryDenmark
CastMads Brugger LanguageDanish
French Release dateOctober 5, 2011 (2011-10-05) WriterMads Brugger (original idea), Mads Brugger, Maja Jul Larsen ScreenplayMads Brugger, Maja Jul Larsen Similar moviesThe Hunt, The Olsen Gang in Deep Trouble, The Keeper of Lost Causes, Beowulf, Mary: The Making of a Princess, Out of Africa
TaglineTo Break The Story, He Must Become The Story
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The Ambassador is a 2011 Danish documentary film created and directed by Danish filmmaker and journalist Mads Brügger. The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Mads Brügger goes undercover as the Liberian diplomat and businessman Mr. Cortzen with the object of building a match factory in the Central African Republic; in reality he is uncovering corruption linked to diplomatic title brokerage and blood diamonds.
As a result of the movie's controversial themes, the Liberian government threatened legal action against Brügger. The Dutch businessman Willem Tijssen, who according to the movie brokered the diplomatic title, unsuccessfully filed an injunction to stop screening of the film at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam. According to Danish media, Willem Tijssen is pursuing legal actions in Denmark, for having been filmed with a hidden camera.
The film was well received by critics and currently holds a 76% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes with Kyle Smith of the New York Post calling it, "a stunning, funny, and vital piece of guerilla cinema."
Karsten Kastelan of The Hollywood Reporter wrote: "It is highly watchable, clearly (and unabashedly) exploitative and often offensive – but it undeniably unearths some very uncomfortable truths about Central Africa in general, corruption in particular and individual greed on top of it. And – even though the director denies it – it might have been financed in part with the sale of blood diamonds."