Dirt for Dinner


Germany, 2000, 73 min, color
In German; English subtitles


In 1992, shortly after a series of racist murders and attacks against immigrants in former East Germany, posters throughout the country began featuring the smiling face of Sam Meffire, a young Afro-German police officer in the formerly East German state of Saxony. Meffire became well-known and a symbol of tolerance in Germany; but in 1994, he suddenly left the force and, two years later, was sentenced to ten years in prison for extortion and armed robbery.


Through interviews with Meffire, his mother and others, Okpako skillfully tells the story and draws a portrait of this young man who was both befriended and exploited by people in power. This film won multiple awards, including: The German Newcomer Award for Best Documentary Film (2000), IG MEdia Award at DOK-Leipzig (2000), Best Newcomer Film Award at the Duisburg Film Week, "The Young Lion" Documentary Award of the Bavarian State Government (2001) and Best Graduation Film at the See Docs in Dubrovnik Festival (2001).


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