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Glorious Exit

Rated NR

The Swiss have a reputation for fiscal pragmatism; a tribal Nigerian, on the other hand, will bankrupt himself to give a dead relative a proper burial. Have sympathy, then, for Swiss-Nigerian actor Jarreth Merz: he barely knew his natural father in Africa, but after the man died, Merz traveled from Los Angeles to Nigeria to fulfill his traditional responsibilities as eldest son. This 2008 video documentary by his brother, Kevin Merz, spurns kumbaya multiculturalism for an edgier examination of worlds colliding, as the outspoken, cash-strapped actor pinches pennies and balks at folkways that make no sense to him. The video leaves a million intriguing family questions unanswered, but the friction between Jarreth and his kinsmen throws off illuminating sparks. In English and subtitled German. 75 min.

Film Credits

Director: Kevin Merz

Producer: Tiziana Soudani

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