Nowhere In Africa

on March 07, 2003 by Shlomo Schwartzberg
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Stephanie Zweig's popular novel about her family's Africa experiences during the Holocaust has been turned into a strong drama that tells a different story about Jewish survival than we're used to seeing on screen. Zweig is Regina Redlich in the film, a young girl (Lea Kurka) whose life is turned upside-down when her lawyer father Walter (Merab Ninidze), already settled in British-colonized Kenya, manages to bring her and her mother Jettel (Juliane Kohler) safely out of Germany as well. However, even as Regina and her parents settle uneasily into their new home, with Walter forced to work as a farm hand, the lives of their relatives are under dire threat from the Nazis. Caroline Link's direction is too flat but the Redlichs' story, of people adjusting to difficult and wrenching circumstances, is a genuinely moving and gripping one. Bolstered by the cast's consistently fine performances, “Nowhere in Africa” packs a hefty emotional punch. Starring Merab Ninidze, Lea Kurka and Juliane Kohler. Directed and written by Caroline Link. Produced by Peter Herrmann. A Zeitgeist release. Drama. German- and African-language; subtitled. Unrated. Running time: 141 min.
Tags: Judaism, Holocaust, Nazis, survivors, family, foreign, German, adaptation, Africa, Merab Ninidze, Lea Kurka, Juliane Kohler, Caroline Link
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