Baron Codelli and the Legend of Tarzan / Baron Codelli in legenda o Tarzanu (2016)

80 min / docu-fiction, Feature Film

An exploratory live-action/documentary story about a little-known 'film project' by a renowned Slovenian inventor, Baron Anton Codelli.
In the period between 1910 and 1915, Codelli erected telegraph transmitters in Togo in Africa, attempting to establish wireless communication between the German colonial Africa and Berlin as soon as in 1914. Codelli documented the African project with more than 800 documentary and staged photographs, while also supporting Hans Schomburg technically and financially, so that he could come to Togo and shoot a documentary. Apart from the documentary Codelli and Schomburg also made a silent live-action film The White Goddess of Wangora, written by the Baron's mother, Rozalija Codelli.
The film materials were allegedly confiscated during World War I. However, Schomburg never told Codelli that he changed the title of their film, added a few scenes in Germany, and released it under another name.
Thus The White Goddess of the Wangora – the first live-action film written by a Slovenian screenwriter and produced by a Slovenian producer (and at the same time the first live-action film in the world shot in Africa) – was hidden within a silent film story Eine weisse unter Kannibalen (A White Woman Among Cannibals, 1921, Übersee-Film-GmbH). A copy is kept by Das Bundesarchiv, while Codelli's unedited African materials are probably kept in the National Archives.


Primož Bezjak
Janja Majzelj
Mojca Fatur
Gregor Zorc

Film crew

Director: Miha Čelar
Screenwriter: Miha Čelar
D.O.P.: Rožle Bregar
Music author: Silence
Choreographer: Maša Kagao Knez
Sound designer: Gašper Loborec, Julij Zornik
Producer: Miha Čelar


Production Company: Astral d.o.o.
Co-funding: RTV Slovenija, Slovenski filmski center, javna agencija RS

Technical data

Film format: DCP
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Colours: /
Sound: unknown