Clando (1996)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Political Drama  |   Run Time - 97 min.  |   Countries - France, Germany  |  
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Clando is German slang for an illegal immigrant. A native of the Cameroons, Sobgui Anatole is such an unwanted guest. This earnest drama tells the story of why a man would abandon the familiarity of his home culture in favor of living as a fugitive in a foreign country. Much of the story is told via flashback and at times the film flips from past to present so frequently that it leaves viewers confused. In Cameroon Sobgui had been a computer programmer until he was arrested and tortured for his involvement with a radical group. Following his release, he finds himself unemployed until he can find work as a free-lance taxi driver. Psychologically devastated, Sobgui becomes impotent and this ruins his marriage. With nothing left to look forward to in his native land, Sobgui decides to sneak into Germany for a better life. He goes to Cologne and joins a community of African emigrants. Most are hard-working and ambitious people. Sobgui even begins a love affair with Madeleine, a German political activist who encourages Sobgui and his friends to return home and fight for change.

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survivor, illegal-alien