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ELEPHANT PEOPLE / HARD EARTH / ON THE BORDER / KARE KARE ZVAKO - MOTHER'S DAY / HIGH HOPES / GROWING STRONGER / PERETERA MANETA / PAMVURA / THE PUPPETEER

The puppeteer

Mike Ojake lives and works in Berlin. Born in Nigeria, he's caught between the expectations of his family back home, the problems of survival of a black man in Berlin and the growing racism in Europe. Even though he graduated as a puppeteer and shadow theater actor in Bulgaria he lives a life in Berlin between social security and jobs as an extra in film productions. A small community of african friends in Berlin enables him to keep up his spirit.The Zimbabwean filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga has created a beautiful and intense portrait of an african artist in Berlin, who has few chances to produce his art.

documentary produced by Nyerai Films
commissioned by Deutsche Welle TV
written & directed by Tsitsi Dangarembga
camera by Ludger Pfanz
edited by Olaf Koschke

ELEPHANT PEOPLE / HARD EARTH / ON THE BORDER / KARE KARE ZVAKO - MOTHER'S DAY / HIGH HOPES / GROWING STRONGER / PERETERA MANETA / PAMVURA / THE PUPPETEER