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France, 2008 (MIFF 2008, Africa! Africa! )

Director: Jean Stephane Sauvaire


Awarded the Prize of Hope at this year's Cannes Film Festival

“It was primordial for me to work with ex-children soldiers, who seemed to be the only ones capable of giving a sincere testimony of this horror.” - filmmaker Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire

Shot in Liberia, with the support of the current Liberian government, Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire's confronting debut film, about child soldiers involved in the conflicts of an unnamed African nation, is as vivid a portrait of the horrors of war as anything that has come before. Sauvaire elicits compelling performances from his cast of unknowns, many former child soldiers themselves, who portray some of the most feral and brutal militia forces ever to hit the big screen. A film about lost innocence, and the struggle of people to hold onto the fragments of their humanity.

Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire will be a guest of the festival.

Contains scenes that may offend.

D/S Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire P Benoît Jaubert, Mathieu Kassovitz WS TFI International L English TD 35mm/2008/95mins

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