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Ezra is the first film to give an African perspective on the disturbing phenomenon of abducting child soldiers into the continent's recent civil wars. Ezra is structured around the week-long questioning of a 16 year old boy, Ezra, before a version of the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, created in Sierra Leone in 2002 in the wake of its decade long civil war. This hearing is then inter-cut with chronological flashbacks to pivotal moments during Ezra's ten years in the rebel faction which made him who he is. Written by California Newsreel

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I saw the film at Sundance last week
30 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the best films i've seen in Sundance the past 4 years I've been attending. This is the first movie I've seen that focuses on the issue of child abduction for military rebel training in Africa. It paints a truthful picture of what rebel recruited children went through, what the family left behind went through and how a country can recover from such a conflict. It showed how the blame can't be placed on the children for committing horrible acts of violence since they are forced to at gunpoint.

Western influence has spawned these conflicts through a demand of diamonds or oil, causing warlords to fight, or recruit children to fight for them, for personal wealth. There are many GREAT issues from all perspectives. It is very realistic because it felt like I was being shot at in the movie theater. The movie is done in a flashback style which adds to the intensity of an already heavy film. I felt exhausted after leaving the film because of all I had experienced throughout the film. More films should deal with issues like these. A comparable film I saw during sundance was "War Dance", a documentary about young children from northern Uganda. some of these children were abducted or had family killed by the rebels.


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