35 Cows and a Kalashnikov is a film about African pride. Directed by Oswald von Richthofen and produced by Roland Emmerich, two old film-school friends. No classical documentary about the sub-Saharan continent. No boy soldiers. No hunger. No safaris.
Rather a poetic tribute to the eternal beauty and sublime strength of Africa. An exemplary tribute to the Surma-tribe of Southern Ethiopia, the dandy movement of Brazzaville and the voodoo wrestlers in Kinshasa. Archaic roots, colonial past and western influences, all co-exist and mingle in today’s Africa. The filmmakers show three unusual facets of Africa. The result explodes cinematic aesthetics. Bold images and daring editing create a captivating way of storytelling, of poetry. 35 Cows and a Kalashnikov will illuminate your view of the Dark Continent.