Location Africa

Location Africa Poster

This film essay by Steff Gruber is a report on the exceedingly difficult work of making Werner Herzog’s film COBRA VERDE in Ghana. The very personal film however is more than just a blow by blow account of the film’s creation.

It also focuses on the complicated relationship between the two stars Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski, the walk-on players (Herzog had a thousand young Ghanaian women trained as Amazon warriors) and the clash of black and white.

As Klaus Kinski died soon after the completion of filming work, LOCATION AFRICA was the last documentary film in which he appeared.

CH 1987
Documentary
16 mm (3:4)
62 min., colour

Location: Ghana, Africa
Language: English, Swiss German 
Subtitles: English, German

Director: Steff Gruber
Script: Steff Gruber
Photography: Siegfried Meier
Editing: Benjamin Müller, Steff Gruber
Music: Black Generation

With
Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski, Thomas Mauch, Peter Berling, King Ampaw a.o.
Producer: Steff Gruber
Production: ALIVE Media AG, Werner Herzog Film GmbH Wien
Co-Production: German Television, ARD
Distribution: Filmcoopi Zurich
World Sales: KINO.NET AG

All photos by Beat Presser

A film by Steff Gruber

Shot on location in Ghana, West Africa

With
WERNER HERZOG
KLAUS KINSKI
STEFF GRUBER
PETER BERLING
THOMAS MAUCH
BEAT PRESSER
BERTHOLD SACK
KING AMPAW

The Amazones
JOSEPHINE HUDSON-ODOI
ANNIE WILSON
GLORIA APPAN
JEMIMAH HANSEN-ANSAH
RUBY APPOE
BETTY ENNINFUL
MERCY ENNINFUL
FRANCES ENNINFUL
JULIET ENNINFUL
JEMIMAH ALEXA LAMPTEY
EMMA ROMY ADDO
ERNASTINA DADZIE
GLADYS AHILIJAH
ROSALIND ARTHUR
VIDA OPPONG
ROSEMOND OGUAGNE
EETHEL ASARE
EDITH ASARE
MARGARET ANTWI
BARBARA OTENG-MANKA
PHILOMENA BUCKNER
and others

Director of Photography
SIEGFRIED MEIER

Edited by
BENI MÜLLER

Music by
KOJO DADSON
BLACK GENERATION

Production Assistant
CHARLES QUAYE

Production Driver
JAMES Y. OSEI

Production Assistant (CH)
VIVIAN SCHEIFELE

Sound mixed at Sondor by
EUGEN SURBECK

Additional sound recorded at
FONOCOP

Negativ edited by
ISABELLE BERGAMIN
THERES VOGEL

Color Timing by
JOHANNES ANDERS

Laboratory
CINEGRAM, Zurich

Additional lab-work
ARRI, Munich

Typesetting
HEADLINE, Zollikon/ZH

Titles
TRICKFILMLADEN, Zurich

Transcript
VIVIAN SCHEIFELE 
DORIS ECKSTEIN

Production Secretary
DANIELA LENGGENHAGER

Computerized video editing
MAINFRAME Inc. / Araco Inc.

Special thanks to the entire COBRA VERDE crew! And to:

Rainer Klausmann
Walter Saxer
Beat Presser
Tom Ribeiro, Ghana Films
Industries Corporation
Pan African Hotel, Accra
Legon University, Accra
Swissair, Accra
Buchdruckerei Müller & Werder, Zurich
Max Laube
Uli Meier
Elisabeth Gujer
Felix Hächler
René Grossenbacher
Daniel Koch
Martine Grosjean

The Black Generation Soundtrack by
courtesy of CitiRock, Accra, Ghana

’Africa Rise’
composed arranged & produced by
Kojo Dadson 1987

’Solidarity’
composed arranged & produced by
Kojo Dadson 1987

’Hey, hey, Africa’
composed arranged & produced by
Kojo Dadson 1987

Produced by Steff Gruber for Alive Films Ltd, Zurich Switzerland and
Lucki Stipetic for Werner Herzog Filmproduktion, Munich, West Germany

ARD TV Commissioning Editor
MANFRED NAEGELE, Südfunk Stuttgart

World Sales
CINE INTERNATIONAL, Munich

Copyright by Steff Gruber and Werner Herzog, Switzerland/BRD 1987

CH 1987
Documentary
16 mm (3:4)
62 min., colour

Language: English, Swiss German
Subtitles: English, German


Photos: Beat Presser

„Location Africa“ ist ohne jeden Zweifel der dokumentarischste von Grubers Filmen. So ist denn das Interesse, das sich für den Zuschauer mit dieser Arbeit verbindet, vor allem in der Darstellung der Figur Herzogs und den Problemen, die sich für ein weisses Filmteam in Schwarzafrika ergeben, zu suchen. 
Die Gespräche mit einigen der Statistinnen zeigen, welch grosse Unterschiede zwischen den beiden hier miteinander konfrontierten Kulturen bestehen.

Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 
5. Dezember 1987

Süddeutsche Zeitung
3. Dezember 1987

(PDF – 208.3 kb)

NZZ
5. Dezember 1987

(PDF – 375.2 kb)

Sonntagszeitung 
6. Dezember 1987

(PDF – 468.1 kb)

Luzerner Tagblatt
6. Januar 1988

(PDF – 308.8 kb)