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Road to Rainbow

Road to Rainbow
Scene from "Road to Rainbow" (photo © MA Motion/Mo Asumang)

Mo Asumang views the situation before the first Soccer World Cup taking place on the African continent as her chance to get a different kind of view of South Africa. Her aim was to search for the lost vision of the Rainbow Nation. With the comedian Kagiso Lediga, who is her tour guide, they travel in a shaky old minibus to her various destinations. Mo gives all of the strata of society a chance to speak out. Including politicians and other well-known people, such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Helen Zille (Democratic Alliance), Alan Boesak, Frederik deKlerk (former President of South Africa), and Geoff Doidge (ANC Minister), who give their opinions on the Rainbow Nation, the vision that was supposed to replace the apartheid era. But did that really happen?

Mo and Kagiso find the truth in the lives of street children, township families, in the vicinity of crime and security, talking with geriatrics from a old-age home in Johannesburg and making friends with the little boy Inganathi, who is HIV positive and with whom Mo develops a close relationship. They all contribute to the image of a changing African society and prepare the viewer for the 2010 World Cup in an entertaining, profound, and, above all, in a provocative way.


Mo Asumang studied Visual Communication in Kassel and Classical Singing in Berlin. In 1996, she was only the second black TV presenter in Germany, and has since then been successful as a moderator, producer, author, director, actress, and dubbing voice. In 2004, she founded the MA Motion production company and directed Roots Germania (2007) and Road to Rainbow (2010).
Genre Road Movie
Category Docu-Fiction
Year of Production 2010
Director Mo Asumang
Screenplay Mo Asumang
Cinematography Felix Leiberg
Karin Nowarra
Johannes Malfatti
Producer Mo Asumang
Production Company MA Motion/Berlin, in co-production with ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel
Length 80 min
Original Version
 English
Subtitled Versions German, French
Sound Technology Dolby SR
With backing from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Goethe-Institut, Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst/EZEF

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