Up 1,190 this week

The Empire in Africa (2006)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 80 users   Metascore: 51/100
Reviews: 8 user | 6 critic | 6 from

The story of the war the international community waged against civil war stricken Sierra Leone.


0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 607 titles
created 26 Oct 2011
a list of 994 titles
created 07 Jul 2012
a list of 8 titles
created 12 Sep 2013
a list of 37 titles
created 16 Feb 2014
a list of 25 titles
created 04 Apr 2014

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Empire in Africa (2006)

The Empire in Africa (2006) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Empire in Africa.
1 win. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Whirlpool (2012)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A chance meeting at Niagara Falls leads to a surreal romance.

Director: Alvin Case
Stars: Michael Amitin, Agathe Feoux, Pierre Perrier
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Three couples travel to a secluded cabin in an attempt to revitalize their lives through bizarre games of sexual dysfunction....and all heck breaks loose!

Director: Dylan Akio Smith
Stars: Arabella Bushnell, Ben Cotton, Brad Dryborough
Come Undone (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

One day at a colleague's going away party, Anna meets Domenico, a virile, slightly older chap who's married with two small kids. Passion's flames are rapidly kindled and result in steamy encounters.

Director: Silvio Soldini
Stars: Alba Rohrwacher, Pierfrancesco Favino, Teresa Saponangelo
En la cama (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Can strangers connect? Can casual sex become something else? In Santiago, Daniela and Bruno, both about 30, meet at a party, go to another and end up in a hotel. We join them there as ... See full summary »

Director: Matías Bize
Stars: Blanca Lewin, Gonzalo Valenzuela
Lovers (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A French woman falls in love with a Yugoslavian man, not realizing that he is an illegal immigrant.

Director: Jean-Marc Barr
Stars: Élodie Bouchez, Sergej Trifunovic, Madeleine Barr
Grande école (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Paul and Agnes have been going out for quite a while and Agnes is shocked to learn that he'd rather live with two roommates on campus than move in with her. As soon as he meets one of his ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Salis
Stars: Gregori Baquet, Alice Taglioni, Jocelyn Quivrin
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Struggling publisher's agent, in a bad live-in relationship, recruits a romance novelist whose bestsellers document her affair with the agent, and betrayal. She refuses the deal, just to ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Sedan
Stars: Jeff Davis, Amy Lindsay, Lisa Comshaw
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Maya and Bill think they're going to a party at the home of their best friends. Instead, it's just the four of them, and some very interesting suggestions on how to improve their sex life.

Director: Mary Thompson
Stars: Carrie Armstrong, Jeremy Flynn, Jolie V. Oliver
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Coming of age. In Buenos Aires, Eloy is on the verge of manhood. He studies physics, helps with the family headstone business, and does advertising - handing out flyers while walking on ... See full summary »

Director: Eliseo Subiela
Stars: Antonella Costa, Leandro Stivelman, Hugo Arana
Secret Things (2002)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Two young women find themselves struggling to survive in Paris, street-wise Nathalie, a stripper, and naïve Sandrine, a barmaid. Together, they discover that sex can be used to their ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Claude Brisseau
Stars: Coralie Revel, Sabrina Seyvecou, Roger Miremont
Paris, France (1993)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Lucy (Leslie Hope), her husband Michael (Victor Ertmanis), and their business partner William (Dan Left) are the owners of a small publishing company in Toronto. The stability of their ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Ciccoritti
Stars: Leslie Hope, Peter Outerbridge, Victor Ertmanis
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A filmmaker (van den Driessche) holds a series of boundary-pushing auditions for his project about female pleasure.

Director: Jean-Claude Brisseau
Stars: Frédéric van den Driessche, Maroussia Dubreuil, Lise Bellynck


Cast overview, first billed only:
Ahmad Tejan Kabbah ...
Himself - President of Sierra Leone
Foday Sankoh ...
Himselft - Leader of the Revolutionary United Front
Mike Lamin ...
Himself - Revolutionary United Front commander
Zainab Hawa Bangura ...
Herself - Representative of civil society
Hassan Hujazi ...
Himself - Rice importer
Joseph Melrose ...
Himself - United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone
Steve Crossman ...
Himself - United Kingdom Acting Ambassador
James Jonah ...
Himself - Minister of Finances - Sierra Leone Ambassador to the UN
Michael Fletcher ...
Himself - Honorary French Consul
Julius Spencer ...
Himself - Minister of Information
Hinga Norman ...
Himself - Minister of Defense
Pascal Lefort ...
Himself - Action Against Hunger
Pascal Lefort ...
Himself - Action Against Hunger
S.Y.B. Rogers ...
Himself - Revolutionary United Front spokesperson
M.A. Carol ...
Himself - President of the Chamber of Commerce


The story of the war the international community waged against civil war stricken Sierra Leone.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis









Release Date:

24 January 2006 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Empire in Africa is Rebel Propaganda. Do not be misled.
16 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I worked in Sierra Leone. The filmmaker presents a dishonest view, defending the RUF rebels and blaming just about everyone but the RUF. I agree with ijapa's review based on my experience.

Some specific inaccuracies:

President Valentine Strasser, who accidentally came to power in a coup in 1992, made the decision to hold elections in 1996. At the last minute, Strasser decided to retain power, was deposed, and the elections carried out by the Sierra Leone cabinet under General Bio. The UN did not impose them. The UN is represented as an evil outside force throughout the film.

The elections were judged fair by observers. The RUF tried to prevent them and did not participate. Their campaign of terror against voters by cutting off voters' hands and feet made the elections much more difficult and costly because many voters were refugees.

The rebel leader Foday Sankoh was put in the cabinet by the Lome Accords in which the Clinton administration, burned by the Somalia experience (Black Hawk Down), was willing to agree to anything that it thought would stop the rebels without US troops. The decision in no way validated Sankoh as a legitimate leader as proposed in the film. In fact he used the position to further the war and was eventually arrested. After he was arrested, his detailed records of 2000 diamonds he was attempting to illegally sell in Antwerp were discovered. He died in prison of old age awaiting trial for crimes against humanity, at 65 well beyond the average life expectancy of Sierra Leonians.

Nigeria has a strong friendly relationship with Sierra Leone because many Nigerians attended Fourah Bay College in Freetown. Nigeria is the strongest member of ECOMOG, the West African NATO. It was appropriate for ECOMOG to intervene in Sierra Leone as requested by the Sierra Leone government.

Nigeria's soldiers are among the most professional in Africa. Did ECOMOG kill civilians in the RUF attack on Freetown, the capital, in the rebels' "operation no living thing" attack? Probably, but not on the scale proposed by the rebel spokesman. Keep in mind that many rebels were easily identifiable by their RUF tattoos.

There is no mention of Charles Taylor, the Liberian warlord and finally president. Taylor created the RUF as we know it, extending his Liberian tactics of total terror and child soldiers to Sierra Leone. Taylor financed the rebels and provided weapons in exchange for Sierra Leone diamonds mined by the RUF. The RUF diamonds were used by Al Qaeda to hide assets in advance of the Nairobi US Embassy bombing and 9/11. For details check the Washington Post.

Taylor was arrested in the US for embezzlement but escaped from jail. Soon after he underwent guerrilla training under Muammar Qaddafi in Liberia as did Sankoh in the mid 1980's. He is now awaiting trial in at the International Court in The Hague for crimes against humanity for his role with the RUF.

The filmmaker uses footage from the film "Cry Freetown". That filmmaker's website does not support the statements advanced by "Empire in Africa". There is a first person account on the website of the capture of a small boy shown in the film.

Should you see the film?

It contains many statements, including in the narration, which are not true. The average viewer without country knowledge will have difficulty determining what is true and what is not. It is in no way balanced and does not add to an understanding of what happened.

The film contains numerous shots of corpses, body parts and on camera killing. For that reason it is unrated in the US. The gore adds nothing to understanding what happened.

Do I recommend it? No.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
indictment of kenya's post election violence suspects mbuguaki
Discuss The Empire in Africa (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page