Nowhere in Africa

Oscar Winner

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  140 min.
Release Date: March 21, 2003

Current rating: Rating: 3.82
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Cast: Juliane Köhler, Merab Ninidze, Matthias Habich, Lea Kurka, Sidede Onyulo, Karoline Eckertz


The extraordinary true tale of a Jewish family who fled the Nazi regime in 1938 for a remote farm in Kenya. Abandoning their once-comfortable existence in Germany, Walter Redlich (Ninidze), his wife Jettel (Köhler) and their five-year-old daughter Regina (Kurka) each deal with the harsh realities of their new life in different ways.

Attorney Walter is resigned to working the farm as a caretaker; pampered Jettel resists adjustment at every turn; while the shy yet curious Regina immediately embraces the country -- learning the local language and customs, and finding a friend in Owuor (Onyulo), the farm’s cook.

As the war rages on the other side of the world, the trio’s relationships to their strange environment become increasingly complicated as Jettel grows more self-assured and Walter more haunted by the life they left behind. As they eventually learn to cherish their life in Africa, they also endeavor to find a way back to each other.

Director: Caroline Link
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Bernd Eichinger, Michael Weber, Peter Herrmann
Screenplay: Caroline Link
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