Voila! Finally, the Nowhere In Africa
script is here for all you quotes spouting fans of Nirgendwo in Afrika (the
original title). This script is a transcript that was painstakingly
transcribed using the screenplay and/or viewings of Nowhere In Africa. I know, I know, I still need to get the cast names in there and I'll be eternally
tweaking it, so if you have any corrections, feel free to
drop me a line. You won't
hurt my feelings. Honest.
I couldn't remember Germany.
I only knew there's snow and seasons.
And that our family was there.
Everyone, not just mum and dad. Everyone.
And that I liked that.
But I know as well that I was always afraid of something.
Of the other children, of the people on
the streets. I was even afraid of dogs.
Oh come on, I'll help you.
Germany is a dark place for me.
Not so light and hot as Kenia.
A place with big buildings
and gloomy rooms.
Dad says that Germany is our home.
I guess he misses his own father.
My grandfather. He's allergic to nuts
And was not allowed to eat nut cookies .
He liked Heinrich Heines poems.
Especially those about Germany.
I had two aunts there too,
I really like them
Aunt Kšthe was my motherís sister.
Dadís sister was called Liesel.
Sometimes they helped out in grandfatherís
But that was before the Nazis came.
May I help you?
No, thank you!
We have to leave now.
The Nazis didnít allow my father
to work as lawyer.
And they took grandfatherís hotel.
So the whole family had no job.
I always got the same answer
If I asked my mother why:
Because we are Jews, Regina.
Thatís the only reason.
Bwana! Bwana! Bwana!
Bwana! Bwana! Bwana!
- Whatís up?
- An urgent message.
Walter! Wake up!
This is Chinin! It's good.
Bring me the coffee.
God damn it, Walter, wake up!
Walter, open your mouth!
Excuse me, I have to open
the door. Hold on!
Aunt Jettel, is there still some apple
Anna! Iím glad that you came.
Rudolf come in.
Good evening, Miss Redlich.
You shouldnít talk to them!
Hubert, JŁrgen! Stop playing with fire!
You will light up the whole building.
Here. Bite this
You will have to get used to this
The negros eat everything burned.
Or raw and bloody!
But they eat dogs!
I know that from my geography book.
They eat grasshoppers too. Hold him!
What do you want in Africa?
You donít even dare to touch
Does this food contain nuts?
This was the only thing I could get, Mister Redlich!
There are not that many nuts in it!
Because you have to sneeze, right?
Every god damn time.
I loved the green. Walter bought
it on New Yearís Eve.
But actually it doesnít suit me anymore.
Then take it.
Youíre an angel, Jettel. Thank you.
Kšthchen. No tears, ok?
Stay to your ass, Liesel.
Thatís how men like it.
- A letter for you.
- For me?
Some glitter is good for you.
Thank you very much!
Itís from Africa.
Rongai, Kenia, December nd .
Dear Jettel. I can imagine how excited
you are because of this letter
but I beg you to be strong.
The Jewish community in Nairobi
will pay the fees for your immigration.
Time has come now
In months I can afford letting Regina and you
Donít hesitate any longer!
Go to Karl Silbermann immediately.
He can I help you with the schedule.
Tell him which ferry to take
It doesnít matter how long he will be traveling
Itís most important that you both go.
We definitely need a fridge.
If it doesnít fit in our boxes,
get rid of the Rosenthal-dishes.
That doesnít count there.
And please get some gas lamps,
mosquito nets and sturdy shoes!
for you and Regina. Donít try to take
cash or jewels!
You know the Nazis. Talk as little
as possible about your plans.
You canít trust anybody,
even those people,
who were our best friends.
Iíve heart-rending feelings when I think
you both being in my arms.
Itís hard to imagine how painful
this letter will be to you mother.
Walter? Listen to me! You have malaria.
You have to take this!
You understand? Thatís very important!
I have to go back to the ranch.
Owuor will take care of you.
He needs Chinin times a day,
Three times drips.
Max, whatís up? We have to go!
I donít like railway stations
In one or two years this
will be over anyway.
You guys stay close eachother, ok?
Promise that you make it out together.
Thereís always the one who loves more than the other one.
Thatís why itís so difficult.
The one who loves more can be hurt easily.
My son loves you very much!
Iíll be missing you so much, Max.
Say goodbye please!
This will get the bad things out of your body.
Do you know ďSchlesisches HimmelreichĒ?
Meat, potatos, bacon, dried fruits,
mixed up together. Mmmh!
I don't understand a single word !
You know? In my first life
I was a lawyer.
Kiyo la dirisha.
Kiyo la dirisha.
Kiko la di...
Dirisha la Kiyo.
Dirisha la Kiyo.
Owuor? This is for you.
You give me your coat?
That's not a coat. It's a robe.
I was sick and you took care of me.
Thank you Owuor.
I used to wear this robe at home.
When I was not yet a Bwana but
used my brain
And you don't wear it here?
For that robe you have to be smart.
Here in Rongai you are smart. Not me.
"Robe" I'll need to say those words very often
so that i can say them as well as you.
Thanks a lot.
weeks we spent together on this steamship
and circumnavigated Africa.
On April Hitlerís birthday
We arrived in Nairobi.
Regina, hold that for me please.
Mr. Morrison, the owner of the farm
where my father worked gave us a ride.
I had to think about chocolate
But mum explained me that
from this point on we were poor
And thereís no chocolate for
for poor kids.
I promised to be brave.
Hey, come here.
How did that cow die?
We don't have enough water.
Shit! Always the same!
You have to dig a well.
A car is coming!
Now everything is fine.
Welcome, little Memsaab!
Come to me.
Welcome to Rongai!
Regina, my darling! Come here!
And we were in England and Marocco,
everywhere at the harbour. I saw dolphins!
Mum danced too the other night!
Bwana, he means water.
Explain him what he has to do.
Thereís little water for the battle
The fee to leave the country was expemsive.
We had luck. They just opened box at the borderÖ
filled with clothes. Max gave me this for you.
The books were in the other box.
I know that this is not what you expected.
But we canít live here.
Everything except those over there.
We wont stay long here anyway.
Memsaab. Plate. One plate.
You have to learn German if you
want to talk to me. Plate!
Jettel? My name is SŁŖkind.
Walter as well.
Everybody calls me SŁŖkind.
Walter shows Regina the farm.
They will be right back.
You want to have dinner with us?
Iíve had a hours ride.
I canít go back tonight.
I brought onions, sugar
Chinin every day makes you blind.
You can still fight against it
if you get it. Owuor!
Letís drink on the arrival of Jettel
and Regina. On our second life.
How long have you been away
Sweetie was smart enough to
leave Germany in Ď .
The departure was much easier. You could
take all you money with you right?
Especially your books.
And your wife? Weren't you married?
No I wasnít.
And why not?
I never had luck because I always fell in love
with married women
My mother always says that the
Nazis wont survive long.
Germany is a nation of culture,
the country of Goethe and Schiller.
Dad! I think I heard lions!
Those were monkies
You start talking like a black!
The air is muggy and dusk is breaking,
Smooth is flowing the Rhein.
The summit of the mountain is
The most beautiful virgin is up there.
Sheís combing her blond hairÖ
Öand is singing a song
Öwith a beautiful melody
The sailorís heart has been ached
He doesnít look at the rocks,
He just looks into the sky.
I think the waves will eat the sailor and his boat.
And all that time heís singing....
Have a good night honey.
You didnít bring the refrigerator right?
No I didnít.
There was no space left in the boxes.
You know, we were allowed to have just ...
But there was space left for this crap!
What did you do with all the money?
I just bought this.
It wasnít expensive, just Mark.
You bought a grown?
Yes I did.
(Goebbels) ... in his name.
And the stamp of his peronality
[going on and on...]
Damn, I never thought I would
enjoy his voice
Iíll leave the radio here.
We caní take this gift.
But know I have a reason to come back
to recharge the batteries.
Do you have a rifle?
Since Jettel and Regina are here now...
Good luck with the well!
Come on little Memsaab!
Do you see the holy mouontain?
That's Mount Kenya.
It is holy.
Little Memsaab, let's go!
I canít go any further.
Mum told me to stop here!
Could you help me out?
I am a cook
A cook doesn't dig holes.
The fields are thirsty
You need more water.
Come with me!
No, men don't carry water.
Help me! It's so heavy.
please help me too!
The water is so heavy...
Help us too!
Please give me the shovel!
There is no water, Bwana.
Didn't I tell you.
You were right, Chepoi
Thank you. Thanks a lot!
I lost my heart in Heidelberg...
Why doesnít Owour slaugter chicken?
Thatís how it is arranged with Morrison.
Just the eggs.
I canít stand this garbage.
From time to time I need meat!
You have to look at the fire,
if it has been quiet a while.
Donít be afraid.
Itís just a normal bush fire.
It wont reach the house...
Where do you wanna go?
Come on, thatís stupid.
I canít stand it anymore.
Thatís what you always say.
But I want to live with people,
whose language I can understand!
You donít earn a single cent here. Every day
we eat eggs and semi-solid food!
How could Regina go to school?
Yeah we are alive! And why?
All day long weíre hoping for rain so that
the battle doesnít die
which donít even belong to us?
Iím feeling pretty rotten!
And sometimes I wish I were.
We just could escape in time!
Yesterday the Nazis burned down
All the synagogues in Germany
and pillaged all the Jewish shops.
They smashed everything to pieces.
People, houses, shops, everything.
Who should have informed you about
this on this goddamn farm?
In the morning I could receive the Swiss radio.
For the Nazis weíre no longer human
beings for Christís sake.
I saw it coming.
I always saw it coming!
Do you get it now? It doesnít matter if
Regina doesnít study?
And mum, Kšthe and your dad?
I dontĎ know! I always said they
should leave Germany.
November th .
Dear dad, Iím very worried about the
news we hear from Germany.
What do you say?
Iíd love to know that you guys
are alright! If I earned money we could
afford that you leave the country!
Isnít there any way?
Do you really think itís too late?
Oh dad I tell you that Iím looking
forward to see you.
Here in this foreign country I realize
how lucky we were back home
and how i appreciate everything
you did for me.
Donít think that the money you
spent is lost.
Iím grateful that you let me
study so long.
One day I will be again the lawyer
you were so proud of.
Little Memsaab, come here!
It needs you
It's a kid (Toto) like you.
Hold it carefully.
Eww thatís cold!
I donít care.
There are a lot of other kids here.
But be careful! They all have malaria.
I donít want you to be ill.
You canít change it! A white kid
isnít a black kid.
Never eat anything they give you!
Never enter their homes!
That tastes so nasty.
You get blind too!
Bullshit! Open your mouth!
Hey mum? Tonight they want to
celebrate for their ancestors.
They want to slaughter a lamb to
pray to God Hnai to ask for rain.
He lives on Mount Kenia.
And in the trees as well.
Thatís going to be a huge party.
They pray for rain. Thatís important.
The negros do it like this as well?
What shall I do with you?
You know, grandma used to say?
Donít worry about Regina.
She knows what she does!
ďShe knows what she doesĒ.
Thatís what grandma used to say.
So, donít worry ma!
Iím so scared that something
happens to you.
Memsaab, Bwana is on killing spree...
with the big gun!
Shoot it to death!
You see that I canít!
I just wanted you to have meat.
You don't want anything of it?
You say you are not hungry
I donít mind if you read.
I already read this book times.
It doesnít make any difference
if I read it the th time
I didnít expect that you
can hunt, Walter.
I couldnít do it.
Youíve never killed an animal.
I want be able to do it!
I didnít ask you to hunt.
You treat me like I'm an asshole!
As lawyer Iím you favourite panty
remover! And now?
Sweat-stained and unshaved
I donít exist for you!
How come princess! Iím your husband!
I can say what I think!
You donít have the right for a privileged
life! Untill now we just had luck!
So stop playing the daughter of
a middle class famlily.
you need to understand whatís
going on here!
One last thing. The way you treat Owur
remembers me of some people
back home in Germany.
I guess you donít want to be
compared to those people!
That's pretty warm.
Habari, little dog.
Where did you coming from?
Chepoi, whos dog is this?
This dog doesn't have a home.
It's a wild dog.
He is homeless.
Dad, this dog is homeless!
Could I keep him? Please!
But you are afraid of dogs!
But I like this one. Weíll keep him.
We call him Rummler!
Rummler is a nice name!
The trucks are going fast.
We will all be interned!
Nobody can stay on his farm!
Kids and women will come to Nairobi.
Everything is going to be alright!
I won't go away!
Owuor! Take care of them!
Yes, Bwana. I will.
Can I take this too?
Let me help you.
Donít forget your ID!
Do you speak German?
No tears little Memsaab!
I'll find you everywhere,
and follow you soon.
I'll follow you and get you a new Toto.
No. I donít want a new Toto.
I didn't protect it good enough.
Its mother would have taken more care of it.
I am not a good mother...
...for an antelope.
You are smart little Memsaab.
Take care of our stuff!
Good bye, Owuor!
Good bye, Rummler!
Suddenly we were no longer
refugees but enemies
We didnít even know why the
British were locking us up.
We were Germans and Germany
was in war with Great Britain.
But we were Jews as well and
obviously not on Hitlerís side
Get off miladies
Thatís a nice prison!
Can you understand that?
Maybe they didnít know
where to keep us
Don't know. Something British.
Excuse me. Still free?
This remembers me of better times.
The chef de la cuisine used to
cook on a luxury cruise.
Iím very hungry!
This is lobster.
Fish, nice fish!
What"s wrong with it, ladies?
I Breslau we were never alone.
There was always something to do.
What a life!
Oh yeah, before immigation!
Are you done? Thanks.
No message for your husband?
Itís the feeling of being alone.
The feeling that you have
anything to say.
That you own anything
Some children maybe.
Realizing this is very painful!
You know what I am talking about?
Loneliness is a thing I can talk about.
With a wife like Jettel?
Such a beautiful woman!
Sheís happy and full of life.
Maybe you donít give her
a real chance.
Back home everything was fine.
Everyone played his part...
Now you can see.
I donít want to see reality.
But I want a grown up wife,
who I can talk to!
I have to put it past me. My dad, Liesel....
Shut the fuck up!
Sometimes I think we are parcels.
Wrapped up together in a train
with unknown destination.
Nobody knows what the other one contains.
You think too much.
Soon we started to get used to the hotel.
Every day our mothers and us took
a walk in he shadow and thought
what we were going to get for lunch.
If we could just spend a couple
of hours outside.
Inside you get insane.
Mum, Iím hungry!
You are all Jews, arenít you.
Why donít you just write a letter
To your community in Nairobi!
They still have something to say
in this country.
Soon the government figured out that
not all the Germans are with Hitler.
weeks later we could visit the
husbands in the camp.
With the brown uniforms it was hard to see
who was British and who was German.
Dad, got a real friend!
Sheís called Inge. She already kows how to read!
And mum wrote a letter!
A real letter, so that we could visit you!
You wrote to the British?
Perhaps we can go to Rongai soon!
You were very unhappy in Rongai right?
You guys want to drink something?
We all want to get back to the farms!
We canít go back to Rongai.
I was made redundant. Because of the war.
Morrison doesnít want to hire ďEnemy AlienĒ
So I have no work and we have no home.
No matter what we have to do to
get our stuff from the farm.
Maybe he is still waiting for us.
Because he thinks that we may come back.
Then grandpa will maybe meet Owuor.
Yeah of course!
May I help you?
I need a special permission.
I have to visit Mr. Edward Rubens,
the mayor of the Jewish community.
Itís very important that I talk to him.
Here we are.
Please help yourself, Mrs. Redlich.
My husband and I we have been at
the Olymmpics in Berlin!
My first time in Germany.
My God, we were naiv.
Until the end we thought our
civilized friends will help us
and stop Hitler.
Where are you now? Where have you been in Ď ?
Hitler didnít invent anti-Semitism!
I donít think, Mrs Redlich came here
to discuss politics with you! Right?
How can we help you my dear?
Mr. Morrison, the owner of our farm
doesnít want ďEnemmy AliensĒ anymore.
But without work Walter canít leave the farm
and we donít know how to find new work.
Thatís why I beg you for help.
Weíd do anything.
Do you think you are the only one
who suffers from war?
Or do you think we are responsible?
You are alive!
By God, make the best out of it!
Eddie! Iím sorry, I canít help you!
We have relatives in Poland.
For ages my husband hasnít heard
anything from them.
Sorry about that.
Well, good luck, my dear. Please take
these Biscuits for your little girl.
What are you doing here?
Why, what do you mean?
You are looking for a job for your husband.
On a farm
I got a friend here at the army.
He needs somebody.
I could talk to him.
That would be great.
... ... ... ...
Youíre very beautiful, Mrs. Redlich.
Where were you? You have mail.
Looks pretty important.
Yesterday...today... what the fuck means ďmorgenĒ?
Maybe you can remember this finally!
Tomorrow, there will be rain in Kenia.
Pussycat, pussycat, where have you been?
Pussycat, pussycat, what did you there?
Oh God, Regina!
What did I do?
Here we are, Owuor!
Dad! The holy mountain!
Looks like a Chinese hat
Hey! Come down here?
Youíll brake your neck!
Thatís the most beautiful place on Earth!
I am scared.
This place is much further away
from your farm than Rongai.
We wont see you often.
We will see each other more often than you like!
The damn cattle is out again.
Iím your Bwana and I...
want you to undress yourself!
You will get grilled chicken if you do.
And now on the way down there.
Like a African woman.
Did you miss me in your hotel?
My name is Walter.
You will need my help.
I live here for years.
I appreciate your offer!
Did Bwana Gibson die?
He doesn't have time to be here.
He is in the Royal Army
He wants me to take care of his farm.
You have to show me everything.
You are not a British Bwana right?
No. I didn't come to become rich in this country.
I came because I was driven out of my country.
Which is your country?
Germany - It's far away.
It is at war.
Somebody steals you an ox,
it will be killed, cooked and eaten.
You will forget that soon.
But if somebody steals your land,
then it's always there.
You can visit it. It will always be there.
You can't forget that.
Daji Jiwan is Indian. He's a good Fundi.
He can help you build the house.
As long as you work for me you'll get your corn.
Firewood, liters milk per day and Schillings per month.
Schillings is not much.
I don't make deals. If you don't want to work for me someone else will do it.
These men can't build a house for you.
I'll teach them how to do it.
Bwana, Kania is my brother.
He can tidy up the rooms.
Can he cook as well?
We need a cook!
No, Kania isn't a cook, he can tidy up the rooms.
Kamau can cook for the dog.
For whose dog?
We don't have a dog.
Yes or No?
It's very expensive.
I have to pick up the mail.
Letters with those stamps always bring tears.
I'll be the one who gives Bwana the letter.
Good idea. You are his friend.
Sohrau, October nd .
My dear son,
Itís nice to hear,
that you had luck with your nd farm.
Emigrating has become impossible .
Hitler will close the borders.
Thereís nothing left we could sell.
People say that the Jews will be banned in ghettos.
In this case Greschek will send you our new address.
Walter, for the first time in my life
I am worried!
Worried...especially about Liesel
but as well about my own life
In Germany we feel like on a lonely island.
Nobody dares talking. Itís horrible.
My son. I send you this letter and
the rose seeds you wanted.
May these seeds grow in the African earth
to bring Jettl Regina and you a lot of joy.
I always think of you!
They have made a big journey.
Yes, a big journey.
I want to enrol Regina at school
as soon as possible.
Did you learn how to cook?
You found us!
Memsaab doesn't have a cook in Ol Joro Orok?
No, we don't have a cook.
How do you know all that?
How did you find us?
Rummler has a good nose.
A bit of flour.
It's a young male and a young female.
They walked into the woods.
They are lost.
It's dangerous during the night.
That's an angel.
He lives in heaven.
And what's that?
Those are wings.
He needs those to fly in heaven.
Have you ever seen an angel?
No. You can't see angels.
You can't see your dead relatives either.
Yes. Angels protect us too,
if we are in danger.
I'm an angel...
and scare off the bad ghosts!
Come over here!
Go away ! Go away !
When you come back I wont be a child anymore.
Bullshit. i'll be back soon.
Next harvest I'll be back already.
Swear that you come back.
I think that's him.
Study hard my dear!
Mum, Iíll be back on vacation!
When I come back,
I will tell you everything, Owuor.
Come, let's go home.
We are Jewish.
He said that we should get out!
Quickly I realized what it means to be an outsider.
I was happy to have Inge.
She didnít like the British games either.
I wonder how simple words
lose their meaning here.
For example ďtax returnĒ
Sometimes I wonder why I still
get dressed in the morning
I could just use a bag.
People wouldnít care.
I do care!
Do you still think I am attractive?
Yes ofcourse I do.
Did you meet someone in the hotel?
Do you think people should stay together their whole lives?
Maybe we are just unstable because of the situation...
Why? Do you want to leave?
Sometimes I think my life could be happier.
I want to make it with you!
You are my wife. I love you!
I miss them all so much!
My mother, Kšthe...
It hurts so much!
And? Isnt't that beautiful Jogona?
You can't speak with the night.
You are right.
You can't speak with the night.
But the woman who wrote this poem
imagined that the night has ears.
It's beautiful to make music with words.
Your father is a smart man.
He speaks with thunder and lightning too.
He speaks with ancestors. That's something different.
You have to undress yourslef.
You clothes are getting dirty.
No I won't undress myself.
I'm not a little child anymore.
You are stupid if you dirten your school clothes.
I'm not a child anymore.
You must not see my breast.
Your breasts arenn't different to other women's breasts.
Of course. A Mzungus breast is different than
black women's breasts.
You must not show them.
Mzungus' schools teach strange stuff.
Are you even allowed to climb trees?
But only if their clothes dont get dirty.
We are very excited.
Tomorrow we have to go to work in Poland
Donít forget us.
Mother and Kšthe.
They are not allowed to write more.
They used .
These aren't good days,
when the little Memsaab has to go to school.
Perhaps they want to try to escape through Poland.
Maybe they found a way.
Say something, Walter, finally!
Please talk to me!
Your mother wanted you to know it.
She wouldnít have written if not.
Poland means death
Shall I tell you something?
Sometimes I envy you because of this letter!
Now you can be sure!
I have to ask myself every day,
if my father is fine.
Where he is.
Where my sister is.
Every day the German army looses more
And more territory in the east.
A lot of people died.
Since the Russian winter offensive began the amount
of killed, wounded and German prisoners
increased over . .
This woman doesn't need your help.
She wants to die today.
And her family leaves her out here?
The coyotes will pick up her corps during the night.
Kimani, I can't allow that.
I'm the Memsaab on this farm.
I want you guys to carry her into the house.
If she dies in the house
it isn't clean anymore.
The family would have to make many
sacrifies to get it clean again.
That's very expensive.
But still. I order it!
As soon as she's in the house those
people will carry her out again!
This woman wants to die out here.
That's how tradition demands it.
It's ok Memsaab.
My mother won't die alone.
We're all with her. She isn't afraid.
From now on you can count your days.
They call it ďOperation JĒ.
The reorganization of the African forces
They really take Germans?
They have a good Chance to get in.
Just donít tell them that you are
bored and need something else.
They want to hear that you canít wait
to fight for the right side.
I canít believe that I get another chance in this war.
Whatís up with you?
Itís not my war.
I donít give a shit about Germany!
I wonít go to Nairobi with you.
I stay here with Owuor.
Thatís my final decision.
For you alone itís too dangerous.
You wanted to go to Germany and Rongai! But you never
wanted to be there where we actually were.
And now you donít want to leave.
But youíd meet a lot of peolple.
I donít want this anymore!
If something happens to you...
They are sending men to Burma!
I canít hang out here anymore.
Iím feeling useless.
I understand that.
I stay here with Owuor.
Sometimes I don't see you a day...
and a night. Where are you then?
I'm visiting my wife and my children.
At the lake. Near Kisumu.
They dont see you often.
They understand that I can't leave Memsaab alone.
But your wife is always alone.
That's something different.
White women are helpless, black women aren't
How many kids do you have?
I have kids and wives.
That's a lot of work if you visit them!
I give them money. - Schillings is not much.
It's enough. They have their Schambas,
With corn and beens. And fishes from the lake.
Do they respect you?
They respect me.
I'm working in the house of a Bwana.
I respect you too Owour.
Without you we would be lost in this country.
Could you help me out?
I'm a cook not a barber.
Please! I can't do it alone.
How are your corn fields? Are they fine?
Yes they are
Do you want to do an excursion?
Iíll wait outside then
Nice that youíre here!
This country is beautiful!
The allies landed with more than . men
Bad for Hitler,
so Iíd say: good.
You donít care whatís going on in Germany?
What do I do?
Are you already there?
I was worried about you.
Regina. I showed your mother Lake Bagoria.
We were pretty close to your school.
What do you accuse me of?
That I wasnít here once?
Why didnít you go with dad?
You are the one who doesn't want to leave the farm.
Bullshit. You donít love him anymore.
SŁŖkind made an excursion with me.
The other day in the hotel... In NORFOLK.
Do you think I didnít realize that?
You started an affair with that soldier.
He arranged this farm
We were homeless!
And what can SŁŖkind do for you if you sleep with him?
Did you see my child?
Over there in the house.
Iíll be right there mum.
I often slept at Jogonaís place.
You didnít realize it because I was always back at dawn.
My wild girl. You canít just disappear!
Itís beautiful! I can understand why you wanted to have it
Because of this my dad almost sent me
Back to Germany.
You didnít wear it a single time?
We bought it at Wertheimm in Breslau.
And then we ate a piece of cake at Cafe Monheim.
I canít even remember Germany.
Only if I eat nuts.
Then I think of grandpa.
Mamma... why are the Jews so hated?
You and dad, you are not really Jewish.
You eat meat.
And you donít pray right?
In school they told us that the Jews killed Godís son.
For me and dad Jewish played an important role.
We thought we were as much German as possible.
The German culture, the language.
That was our home.
Maybe we Jews are really different?
Aunt Ruth and uncle Salommon are different.
They obey the Jewish rules
Tolerance doesnít mean that we are all equal.
If I learned something here, it's
how important differences are.
Differences are good, Regina.
Smart people wont bother you
Just because you are different.
Mum? Tonight we will celebrate Pokot
They slaughtered a lamb under the holy tree.
There will be beer and they will be singing.
You have to see that.
Itís pretty different!
The war in Germany is over.
A couple of days ago I received a letter from
a German teacher in Tarnopol.
I donít know this guy.
He was a teacher before the war.
He knew my father and Liesel.
Father gave him my adress. One week before he died.
Father and Liesel hid in a schoolís cellar.
SS-men beat father to death in the middle of the street.
One month later Liesel came to Belsec.
With the rd transport.
No one returned from that one.
She married during the escape.
He was a truck driver.
Wiesbaden, November th .
Dear Mr. Redlich!
We are glad to let you know
that we can offer you a job.
You will be used as judge in FrankfurtÖ
Ölater on maybe as lawyer.
You will help building up the
new judicial machinery in Germany.
We wish you and your family
good luck for the future...
How did you manage this?
You want me to show you my place?
I am here and here is Inge.
There is the supervision,
a girl from th grade.
Priscilla. A British bitch.
Whatís going on, anything with mum?
Nah, donít worry
I need your help!
I want to go back to Germany!
I know. You want to and mum doesnít.
I thought about it very carefully.
I want and I have to go back!
Please donít make it so hard.
I could never forgive myself if I make you unhappy.
Why do we have to go back?
Other people donít have to go either!
Ingeís dad is going to be British next week.
You could do that as well.
You are in the army. You could!
Maybe he gets a British passport.
Even though he is far away from being British. Tell me:
Can you imagine that your Headmaster will invite him?
No. Sure he wont.
A British passport isnít enough for me!
I donít want to be a man who has a name,
which doesnít belong to him. Here in Kenya
Iíll always be an outsider.
Do you know what this means to me?
I know that very well.
My brave girl.
Promise me that you wont be disappointed
if we go back to Germany.
Promise me that youíll trust me.
If we have to go back...
can Owuor join us?
Not this time.
Hello my friend.
Where is Memsaab?
Out on the field with Bwana SŁŖkind.
Was Bwana SŁŖkind often here?
And then a corn cob drops out of his trousers.
Corn grew pretty good this year.
The rain came exactly at the right time!
Gibson can be satisfied.
And I give a fuck about this corn!
I requested to get sent back home.
The army is obliged to discharge its men when the war is over.
For us this would be Germany.
They pay for our tickets.
So only you decided this?
Maybe Regina and I want
something totally different!
Why do you do this?
Why donít you talk to me about things like these?
How can you think about going back to Germany...
You are not going to destroy my family!
Do you know what your problem is?
You donít know who you are!
We are Jews, Walter!
Even if it doesnít mean anything to you.
I say this only once.
You know, if you want to stay with me you can.
That would make me very happy.
These are going to be the best "KŲnigsberger Klopse"
you've ever eaten.
But you don't have Kapern
and you still don't know, what Kapern are!
I don't know what Kapern are,
but I do know, that Kapern aren't needed!
Happy new year, Rummler!
This have been the best "KŲnigsberger Klopse" I've ever eaten.
Thanks a lot!
I think she prefers your Ugali.
Happy new year, Jettel.
We need more guards for the fields.
A lot of corn is being stolen during the night.
Maybe you can talk to the guys.
I need to make my decision.
The government is waiting for my response.
I wonít go back to Germany.
You want to give up our family?
-I don't understand why still believe in that country.
I am a lawyer! I love my job!
And I have the feeling that
I could be useful in this Ąnewď Germany
Damn idealist! You think there are no
more Nazis around there?
They are the murderers of our parents!
Thatís not just bad language.
That stands for the faith in mankind
Maybe thatís naive but everything else
leads to death and destruction.
This country saved our lives.
But it isnít our country.
Can't you sleep?
In Germany there's a lot of snow in the winter,
do you see?
A lot of snow is very cold?
I hate snow.
You do all the work for Owuor, girl!
Mum needs your help.
Tomorrow harvest will begin!
The last couple of years she made
it pretty good without me.
Sometimes I prefer to be in school
than being here.
How come dad?
I donít know.
The grasshoppers are coming!
If they land on the fields they'll eat everything!
Theyíre flying away, theyíre flying away mum!
Do you want some? Itís good for your voice!
Thanks for coming back.
You have to be careful.
I am pregnant.
And I am the father?
Jettel, honey, I donít want to lose you.
Canít we sit like this all the night ?
Women and men in the village never kiss each other.
They donít even know what a kiss is.
What a pitty!
Everything I love is lying in this bed.
The songs of the women went deeper
into my heart than usual.
In the morning dad told me that mum
Is going to get another baby.
I felt Owuor right behind me and I knew
that this news was good as well as bad.
The letterÖ. Iím going to destroy it.
I canít go without you.
My parents have made their
trip to Frankfurt.
The first night my dad was pretty drunk.
And my mother was upset.
I am so afraid of these people, arenít you?
Yes I am.
Do you love me?
If you let me.
Then decide for us.
What are you doing here?
I am waiting for the sun.
Do you want to sell the dog at the market?
I didn't want you to see me.
Rummler and I will do a long safari.
Where this safari leads to, no one knows.
Say goodbye to little Memsaab!
A man has to do a safari if his time has come.
Shall I tell my little daughter:
"Owour is gone and didn't want to see you one more time?"
Shall I tell her "Rummler is gone forever?"
This dog is part of my child.
You were there,
when Rummler and Regina became friends.
Little Memsaab will understand.
She always understands everything.
She has eyes and a heart like we do.
Please Owour! Say goodbye !
Dad. Owuor has to go. Or do you want
his heart to dry ?
He doesnít want to die.
If so he would have died long time ago!
Here is my black coat.
You forgot it.
I didn't forget anything.
That coat doesn't belong to me anymore.
But I gave it to you as a gift
as you saved my life!
"I don't need this coat anymore...
it's from a past life that I've lost."
Now you've found life again.
The life with the coat.
Please Owour, take it with you!
Without this coat you'll forget me.
I'll never forget you Bwana
I learned so many words from you.
Owour, you have to lift me up one last time.
Like in Rongai on my first day.
You must not go.
You don't even want to do that safari.
Take care of Bwana. He's still like a kid!
You are smart. You have to show him the way!
You too! Thank you.
I hope youíll be happy.
Why are we stopping now?
I have no idea.
Bananas, bananas, Ö
I can't buy anything, I'm poor like a monkey.
For the monkey!
My brother was born on July th .
Thanks to God Ngai the birth went well,
he was totally ok.
He was tall and strong
My parents called him Max.