Jungle Child (film)

Jungle Child (German: Dschungelkind) is a 2011 German drama film directed by Roland Suso Richter.[1][2] The film is the screen adaptation of the autobiographical bestseller books by Sabine Kuegler tells her experience living with a native tribe of Western Papua, Indonesia from 1979 to 1989.

Jungle Child
Directed byRoland Suso Richter
Written byRoland Suso Richter
Sabine Kuegler
StarringStella Kunkat
Thomas Kretschmann
Nadja Uhl
CinematographyHolly Fink
Release date
  • 17 February 2011 (2011-02-17)
Running time
131 minutes


Klaus Kuegler is a linguist and travels with his wife Doris and his three children into the tropical rainforest of Western New Guinea, Indonesia in 1979 to explore the language of a newly discovered native tribe, the Fayu. The eight-year-old daughter Sabine quickly settles down. What the family does not know: It has come in the midst of a tribal feud whose battles they do not directly affect, but in which they are increasingly drawn into it. The family does not find it easy at first to understand the reason for the hostilities, and it must realize that love, hate, life and death have different values in the foreign culture than in their own. So begins a process of rapprochement in which both sides have to learn from each other.

One day, when Sabine and her brother find the severely injured Auri and the family feeds him at home, they endanger everyone, as this action can decide on war and peace between the two tribes. Sabine and Auri immediately develop a special bond and deep friendship.

When the family travels to Germany for a holiday after spending years, the sixteen-year-old Sabine is confronted with a completely "foreign" world that is no longer hers. Their search for belonging and security ultimately becomes a search for themselves. Only after returning to the jungle does she know where her true home is.



  1. ^ Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 125. ISBN 978-1908215017.
  2. ^ "ARRI Film & TV Newsletter 02/2011". ARRI. Retrieved 2 May 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)


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