The German King


Set in 1914 at the start of World War I, The German King is the true story of Rudolf Douala Manga Bell; a German raised African prince who becomes king after his father’s death.

Upon returning home to Cameroon, he sees his people being oppressed and killed under Kaiser Wilhelm II’s colonial rule. He realizes the only way to put an end to his nation’s suffering, is to lead his people in a rebellion against the Kaiser; a man he once considered his brother.

An insightful short that tells the story of one of Africa’s greatest forgotten heroes,  The German King gives the viewer an honest account of the soul-destroying effects colonialism and the First World War had on the African continent, and the heroes who risked everything to change it.


Executive Producer Pauley Perrette
Written & Directed by Adetokumboh M’Cormack
Produced by Adetokumboh M’Cormack, Constance Ejuma, Chris Freeman, Vincent Shakir
Co-Produced by Hanna Sturwold, Raphael Corkhill, Kwabena Darkwah, Joannes B. Hotagua, Olayinka Warritay, Rupesh Appannah, Robert Averell, Trey Page
Director of Photography: Justin Janowitz
Editor: Hanna Sturwold
Composer: Theodore Ramirez
Sound Designer: Christopher Marino
Production Designer: Stephonika W. Kaye
Associate Producer: Jumoke Warritay
Costume Designers: Makenzi Jordan, Mahriama Suma

Hanna Sturwold