Landrush in Africa – (vpro backlight documentary)

vpro documentary

Published on Feb 12, 2017

Original title: Our man in Sudan.
While huge parts of Africa are still famine-stricken, large areas of fertile agricultural land on the continent are put up for sale. Since the collapse of the financial markets smart investors have gone looking for new opportunities and, given the increasing world population and high prices of raw materials, agricultural land seems a safe bet. With lots of cheap land Africa is a Walhalla. We never see how these investors actually operate. But Backlight was able to watch one of them, Phil Heilberg, former Wall Street banker, in action.

Originally broadcasted by VPRO in 2008.
© VPRO Backlight January 2008

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Director: Shuchen Tan
Research: Maren Merckx
Camera: Hans Fels
Sound: Charles Kersten
Local producer Sudan: Godfrey Victor Bulla
Editor: Hans Dunnewijk
Re-recording mixer: Rob Dul
Color grader; Jef Grosfeld
Producers: Mariska Schneider, Rosa van Tienen
Commissioning editors: Henneke Hagen / Jos de Putter
Thanks to: Ibrahim Jadelkarim, Thomas Wakow Lual
English, French and Spanish subtitles: Ericsson.
French and Spanish subtitles are co-funded by European Union.


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