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The Benevolent Dictator

The Benevolent Dictator

A Short film by Albert Lichtblau, Bernhard Braunstein, Martin Hasenöhrl

Production year : 2016

    Synopsis

    What kind of vision did a colonial civil servant have of Africa, politics, and democracy? Norbert Abeles speaks plainly about his life and the vision of the world he developed when had to leave Vienna in 1938 to flee the Nazis: you need to be tough to survive.

    From one dictatorship to another, Abeles worked in the British colonial service, then, after decolonization, worked both for UNESCO and several African despots.

    After sixty years living in Africa, married to an African woman whose children he adopted, Norbet Abeles talks about the ambivalence of his life's journey and career.

    Production and distribution (3)

    Co-production :

    Supersonicglide

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    sixpackfilm

    Foreign production company :

    schaller08

    Photos (2)

    Full credits (7)

    Technical details

    Short film

    Genres :

    Documentary

    Sub-genre :

    Portrait

    Themes :

    Politics, Power, Violence

    Production language :

    German

    Coproducer countries :

    Austria, France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Minority French (Austria, France)

    Production year :

    2016

    Runtime :

    35 min

    Production formats :

    Canon 5D

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    16/9

    Audio format :

    Dolby stereo

    Rating restrictions :

    None