Magazine article Screen International

Liberian Government to Take Legal Action against Doc Director Mads Brugger

Magazine article Screen International

Liberian Government to Take Legal Action against Doc Director Mads Brugger

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Action centres around Brügger allegedly using a fake diplomat title in documentary The Ambassador.

The Government of Liberia will take legal action against Danish director Mads Brügger (Cortzen), because he allegedly used a fake diplomatic title - Consul General and Ambassador-At-Large accredited to the Central African Republic - when filming his award-winning documentary, The Ambassador (2011).

"Mr. Cortzen admits that he fraudulently purchased a Liberian diplomatic position and passport for $150,000 through a network that advertises and unauthorisedly sells diplomatic positions of struggling countries," said the Liberian Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, in an official press release.

"Shocked at Mr Cortzen, an admitted fraudster," the Government has launched a full-scale investigation into how he breached the system, and will institute legal action, "seeking the appropriate explanations and redress from the Central African Republic amd Denmark through diplomatic channels."

In The Ambassador, which won a Danish Robert Award for Best Full-Length Documentary, and was internationally launched at the Sundance Film Festival in the US, Brügger travels on the diplomatic passport to the former French colony under the guise of opening a factory for matches made by Pygmies. …

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