. Der Stern von Afrika (English: The Star of Africa) is a 1957 black-and-white German war film portraying the combat career of a World War II Luftwaffe fighter pilot Hans-Joachim Marseille. It stars Joachim Hansen and Marianne Koch and was directed by Alfred Weidenmann, whose film career began in the Nazi era. The film was premièred on 13 August 1957 in Berlin and was successful at the German box office. The film was criticised for hewing closely to war-time propaganda in its portrayal of the German war effort and for avoiding an honest confrontation with the past.