Dirt For Dinner

Dirt For Dinner

  • Germany
  • STC
  • Branwen Okpako

Sam Njankouo Meffire has led an extraordinary life. He’s been the subject of a prize-winning advertising campaign, befriended by Germany’s Minister of the Interior and written about in two of the most popular European magazines — Germany’s Stern and France’s Figaro. This film, structured like a film noir, tells in flashbacks how Saxony’s first black policeman became a notorious criminal. Born of a Cameroon father and a rebellious Dresden mother during the Communist regime in East Germany, Sam was an outcast from birth. Raised by his mother, who became embittered after the mysterious death of his father, Sam strived for acceptance by becoming a star athlete and a cop. But even after he achieved acclaim as integrated Germany’s star black man, his fear and anger conspired to do him in. Beautifully rendered, this film says much about hypocrisy and xenophobia and even more about the charismatic figure that is Sam Meffire. Marc Glassman.

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