From opposing ethnic groups, Ngabo and Sangwa are tested when old-timers warn, "Hutus and Tutsis should not be friends." An intense & inspiring portrait of youth in Rwanda, MUNYURANGABO ... See full summary »
Lee Isaac Chung
Jean Marie Vianney Nkurikiyinka
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 ... See full summary »
An intense and solitary teenager, Paul finds himself caught up in a journey for freedom, full of violence, betrayal and hope. Abandoned by his father, torn between his mother, with whom he ... See full summary »
Johnny Mad Dog, maybe 15, leads a band of boy soldiers in a civil war in an unnamed African country. "Don't want to die? Don't be born" is one of their shouted mottoes. We follow Mad Dog and his crew - No Good Advice, Butterfly, Chicken Hair, and others - as they kill, pillage rape, interrogate, and terrorize on their march to the capital. They take a TV station and lead an assault on the President's residence. We also follow Laokole, about Johnny age, as she tries to hold together her family of brother and disabled father. Is there more than chaos and inhumanity here? At war since age 10, has Johnny anything inside? Written by
Having twice tried to get into this film, I'm no closer - the sheer wall of all that I abhor in human nature rises above me like an insurmountable cliff-face.
I'm sure that there is a lot here that I should appreciate, even enjoy and indeed, learn from, but at what point does one say 'enough is enough' and press the Stop button.
It's recorded from Film 4 and I'll leave it on my provider's box (it's short, so won't take up much space) and try once again, one day. Maybe I shouldn't have even written this much, as it hardly makes for a review - except that I would add that I'm pretty sure my reaction is entirely natural and if you feel something similar to me, then that's understandable and OK, too.
And, don't let anyone tell you otherwise!
0 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?