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The Silent Army (2008)

Wit licht (original title)
Child soldiers in Africa are at the fore in this tale of a white restaurant owner in an African town bordering a conflict zone. When his son's African friend Abu is abducted, he sets out to... See full summary »

Director:

Jean van de Velde

Writer:

Jean van de Velde (screenplay)
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2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Marco Borsato Marco Borsato ... Eduard Zuiderwijk
Abby Mukiibi Nkaaga Abby Mukiibi Nkaaga ... Michel Obeke
Thekla Reuten ... Valerie
Andrew Kintu Andrew Kintu ... Abu
Siebe Schoneveld ... Thomas Zuiderwijk
Peter Van den Begin ... François Lama
Ricky Koole ... Anna Zuiderwijk
Adrian Galley ... Ruud van Kalenberg
Jacqueline Blom Jacqueline Blom ... Agnes van Dam
Frederick Mpuuga Frederick Mpuuga ... Rebel commander
Vuks Ngcingwana Vuks Ngcingwana ... Commander
Sam Okelo Sam Okelo ... Abu's Father
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Storyline

Child soldiers in Africa are at the fore in this tale of a white restaurant owner in an African town bordering a conflict zone. When his son's African friend Abu is abducted, he sets out to find the boy, and walks right into a training camp exploiting children like Abu. Written by Pusan International Film Festival

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

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Trivia

The international version of this film ("The Silent Army") was the original Dutch entry for the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Film. However, the film was turned down because it was a re-cut version. This led to the submission of Winter in Wartime (2008). See more »

Quotes

Valerie: Most people have brilliant reasons to do nothing at all.
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Alternate Versions

A shorter (92 minutes) version that left out all the music and focused less on Marco Borsato was cut under the supervision of French critic, director and editor Pierre Rissient. This version was retitled 'The Silent Army'. See more »

Connections

Featured in De wereld draait door: Episode #5.16 (2009) See more »

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Drama and action find a new height!
15 December 2008 | by mdijkman444See all my reviews

An evening to the movies turns out to be one of the greatest accomplishes in Dutch cinema.

Wit licht starring Marco Borsato is a great movie! From the first second you sit in your seat you are caught into the story line in which Marco Borsato goes on his journey to find a boy who has been taken by rebels. Although Marco Borsato is a singer from origin he delivers great screenplay and at the end of the movie he had the whole theater in tears.

Wit licht brings attention to the problems in Africa while bringing great entertainment to the movie theaters. 10/10!


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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch | English | Swahili | French

Release Date:

11 December 2008 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

South Africa See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,920,058
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Dolby Digital | DTS (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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