Dirt for Dinner / Dreckfresser

Director: Branwen Okpako
Country: Germany
Year: 2000
Running Time: 75 min.
Language: German

In her accomplished graduation film, Branwen Okpako probes the conscience of the liberal establishment, uncovering the complex motivation of the high-profile politicians and journalists who both befriended and exploited Sam Meffire. From Sam’s German mother, we get the stranger-than-fiction story of Sam’s father and of the boy’s childhood in East Germany. Sam himself, currently serving a ten year prison sentence for robbery, gives an eloquent insight into his own tragic fate.

About the Director

Branwen Okpako

Biography: Branwen Okpako was born in Lagos/Nigeria. She studied political sciences at Bristol University, England, followed by studies in filmmaking at the German Film & Television Academy, Berlin (dffb). The fiction feature Valley of the Innocent (Tal der Ahnungslosen, 2004) had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film festival in 2003 and went on to compete in the feature film competition at FESPACO 2005. For her film The Education of Auma Obama Okpako received the 2012 African Movie Academy Award for Best Diaspora Documentary, the Festival Founders Award for Best Documentary at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles (both in 2012), and the Viewers Choice Award at the Africa International Film Festival (2011). Her most recent project, The Curse of Medea (Fluch der Medea), a docu-drama about the life of the late German writer Christa Wolf, was screened at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2014.

(Source: https://www.hampshire.edu/faculty/branwen-okpako )

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Dirt for Dinner / Dreckfresser (2005);
Valley of the Innocent / Tal der Ahnungslosen (2004);
The Education of Auma Obama (2012).

Filmography:
Landing (1995);
LoveLoveLiebe (1999);
Dirt for Dinner / Dreckfresser (2000);
Valley of the Innocent / Tal der Ahnungslosen (2003);
The Education of Auma Obama (2011);
Fluch der Medea: Curse of Medea (2014).