UVA : Newcomb Hall Theater
The Samaritans2014. Kenya. 60 min.
A snarky, scripted series centered on the absurdities of a dysfunctional, fictitious non-governmental organization (NGO) called Aid for AidTM, The Samaritans is a satire that goes where no other mockumentary has gone before. In the Kenya field office, the cosmopolitan staff deals with the misguided demands and decisions of their UK headquarters while navigating hopeless inept local bureaucracies. The white westerners fail to see the failures of their leadership, but all their work is nonetheless conducted under the guise of ‘Saving Africa.’ The bumbling team must apply for the largest grant in the organization’s history. Discussion with writer-producers Hussein Kurji and Salim Keshavjee, moderated by Ellen Bassett (UVA)