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Otomo (2000)

Cast: Isaach de Bankolé, Eva Mattes
Director: Frieder Schlaich
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Studio: Art Mattan
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Politics and Social Issues, Germany
Running Time: 85 min.
Languages: German
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
Frieder Schlaich directs this horrific look at racism in modern Germany. Loosely based on a real-life incident that scandalized Stuttgart in 1989, the film recounts the final day of a Liberian political refugee. Otomo (Isaach de Bankole) cannot find even the most modest of jobs because of his race. Everyone from his fellow boarding house patrons to his fellow churchgoers treat him with contempt and disdain. His long-simmering rage boils over when he finds himself involved in a scuffle with a racist subway ticket collector. Otomo flees the scene after slightly injuring the man, leaving his identification papers behind in the process. Soon ultra-ambitious cop Heinz is hot on his trail, hoping to boost his career by nailing a "dangerous fugitive." ~ Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide



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