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The Silent Army (2008)

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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 »

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Jean van de Velde

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Jean van de Velde (screenplay)
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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 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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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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Country:

Netherlands

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Dutch | English | Swahili | French

Release Date:

11 December 2008 (Netherlands) See more »

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The Silent Army See more »

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South Africa See more »

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2.35 : 1
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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 Oorlogswinter (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 »

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31 December 2010 | by thisissubtitledmoviesSee all my reviews

excerpt, more at my location - According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, up to half of the world's child soldiers are based in Africa. In the end titles of the film Blood Diamond (2006) it is claimed that "there are still 200,000 child soldiers in Africa," so it's little surprise director Jean Van De Velde (All Stars, Wild Romance) felt the need to remind us of their plight with his latest film, The Silent Army.

The Silent Army offers rich, authentic-looking settings and some striking visuals; however, gaping plot-holes and cartoonish characters soon frustrate, so viewers expecting anything other than volatile scenes of children being harmed will be sorely disappointed.


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