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United Kingdom
2013, 27 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2013

Danish filmmaker Emil Langballe describes what appears to be a budding romance between the young Kenyan boy Juma and the 50-year-old British woman, in a real-life version of the feature film by Ulrich Seidl Paradise: Love, set in Kenya, whose sex tourism trade promises women a romantic idyll, but all they hear are compassionate lies.


Like the majority of young Kenyans, Juma dreams of a better life abroad. His girlfriend has left to work in Qatar, allowing the young man to fully thrust himself into his work as a "companion” to elderly European women who spend their vacations at local resort hotels. Danish filmmaker Emil Langballe records in detail what appears to be a budding love affair between Juma and a 50-year-old British woman. The documentary turns out to be a real-life version of Ulrich Seidl’s feature Paradise: Love (KVIFF 2012), investigating local female sex tourism based on a false sense of romance.

About the director

Emil Langballe (b. 1982) is an independent Danish journalist and filmmaker. Based in London, he graduated from the National Film and Television School. Selected filmography: Grillfesten i Tingbjer (2008), The Gardener and His 21 Flowers (2010), Beach Boy (2013).


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About the film

Color, HD CAM
International premiere

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Director: Emil Langballe
Screenplay: Emil Langballe
Dir. of Photography: Emil Langballe
Music: Finn McNicholas
Editor: John Murphy
Producer: Emil Langballe
Production: National Film and Television School
Contact: Emil Langballe


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