Controversial Dox

Beach Boy

Emil Langballe
Screening time  
26.02. / Wednesday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 4  
The film explores the relationship between Juma, one of the ‘beach boys’ on the coast of Mombasa – boys who date older European women and his ‘sugar mama’...

Juma is one of many so called ‘beach boys’ on the coast of Mombasa – boys who date older European ‘sugar mamas’ because they hope to achieve money, success or a visa to Europe. Or at least try to live like the rich Europeans for a couple of weeks. In this vérité documentary we follow Juma as he embarks on a relationship with Lynn, an older British woman who is in Kenya on holiday. The film explores their relationship and the underlying themes of romance, exploitation and post-colonialism.


Emil Langballe

Emil Langballe was born in Odense, Denmark in 1982. He is currently based in London where he graduated from the National Film and Television School in documentary direction. Before coming to film school he studied at the Danish School of Journalism and State University of New York and worked on factual programmes for Danish TV. He also directed two short documentaries. In film school he developed an interest in cinematic documentaries and this is still his main focus.

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Beach Boy

Great Britain
2013, 27', video

Directed by:
Emil Langballe

Screenplay by:
Emil Langballe

Emil Langballe

Edited by:
John Murphy

Finn McNicholas

Emil Langballe

Produced by:
National Film and Television School

Festivals & Awards:

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2013 – Best Documentary Film under 30 minutes long