• Ezra
Genre : Drama
Type : Fiction
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2006
Format : Feature
Running time : 110 (in minutes)

One fateful morning, as seven-year-old Ezra skips his way to school he is kidnapped by rebels and taken into the jungle to be trained as a soldier. Seven years later, Ezra sits in front of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, where he is asked to piece together a jigsaw puzzle of facts from the night of a devastating attack on a village. When Ezra's mute sister Onitcha, chooses to reveal a secret she has kept from her brother, what is supposed to be a confession of a former child soldier attempting to find internal peace after the horrors he has witnessed soon becomes a trial regarding his participation in Sierra Leone's decade-long civil war.

France/Nigeria/Austria, 2007, 110mins, drama, English, Newton I. Aduaka, dir.

106 Minutes
Mamoudu Turay Kamara
Mariame N'diaye
Emile Abossolo-Mbo
Richard Gant
Wale Ojo
Mercy Ojelade
Mamusu Kallon
Newton I Aduaka
Newton I Aduaka
Alain-Michel Blanc
Carlos Arango
Sébastien Touta
Alioune Mbow
Nicolas Baby
Yann Dury
Sophie Campana
Pierrick Le Pchat
Malek Hamzaoui
Juvens Ntampuhwe
Manu Habiyarenye
Michel Loro
Gorune Aprikian
Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu
Gabriele Kranzelbinder
ARTE France
Centre National de la Cinématographie
RTR Fernsehfonds Austria
Fonds Sud - Ministère des Affaires étrangères
Wide Management
Newton I Aduaka
In the year 2000, it was alleged that some 300,000 children were serving as soldiers in armed conflicts in more than thirty countries around the world. Nearly 120,000 of these were allegedly engaged in various conflicts on the African continent.

EZRA is a factional tale inspired by the Sierra Leonean conflict. It is centred on one event: a drug fuelled atrocious attack on a village by rebel soldiers. The jigsaw puzzle of what occurred that night is reconstructed through the testimonies of three witnesses: Ezra, an ex-combatant, his sister Onitcha, a mute, and Cynthia, Ezra's fellow ex-soldier.

What is supposed to be reconciliation soon becomes a trial, as Onitcha chooses this as the arena to reveal a secret she has kept from her brother.

© ARTE France, CINEFACTO, KGP Filmporduktion, Pierre Javaux Productions, Sunday Morning Production

World premiere: Sundance Film Festival 2007 (Park City, USA)


Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso)
Grand Prix Etalon d'or de Yennega
United Nations Special Award for Promoting a Culture of Tolerance and Peace
Special Prize Burkina Prize for the Rights of the Child Special Prize of the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilisations (Inalco)
African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival (Milan, Italy)
Audience Award
Durban International Film Festival (Durban, South Africa)
Audience Award
Granada Film Festival "Cines del Sur" (Granada, Spain)
Best Directing
Rencontres Internationales (Paris/France, Berlin/Germany)
Preis der Jury
Amiens International Film Festival (Amiens, France)
Jury Prize
Audience Award
Lumières d'Afrique (Besançon, France)
Audience Award
Jury Prize


Sundance Film Festival (Park City, USA)
Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso)
African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival (Milan, Italy)
Cannes Film Festival (Cannes, France)
Granada Film Festival "Cines del Sur" (Granada, Spain)
Rencontres Internationales "Songes d'une nuit DV" (France)
Durban International Film Festival (Durban, South Africa)
La Rochelle International Film Festival (La Rochelle, France)
Gindou Film Festival (Gindou, France)
"Africa in the picture" Film Festival (Netherlands)
Festival do Rio (Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)
Barcelona Festival de Cinema Politic (Barcelona, Spain)
FILMFEST Hamburg (Hamburg, Germany)
Films from the South (Oslo, Norway)
Busan International Film Festival (Busan, South Korea)
Warsaw Film Festival (Warsaw, Poland)
BFI London Film Festival (London, UK)
Französischen Filmtage (Tübingen/Stuttgart, Germany)
Mostra de Cinemas Africanos (Spain)
Amiens International Film Festival (Amiens, France)
Kolkata International Film Festival (Kolkata, India)
Lumières d'Afrique (Besançon, France)
Afrikanische Filmtage (Saarbrücken, Germany)
Festival di Cinema Africano (Verona, Italy)
ZINEBI (Bilbao, Spain)
Kanema Film Festival (Lisbon, Portugal)
Havana Film Festival (Havana, Cuba)
Dubai International Film Festival (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Caravan To Africa (Seoul, South Korea)

Africa Alive Festival (Frankfurt, Germany)
Seville Three Cultures Foundation (Special Screening) (Sevilla, Spain)
FEMI Guadeloupe International Filmfestival (Guadeloupe)
Cascade Festival of African Films (Oregon, USA)
BLACK MOVIE Festival de films des autres mondes (Geneva, Switzerland)
CinemAfrica (Stockholm, Sweden)
AFRIKAMERA (Berlin, Germany)
Göteborg Film Festival (Gothenborg, Sweden)
Biennale Cinéma et Education "Cinéduc" (Grenoble, France)
CinemAfrica (Stockholm, Sweden)
Pan African Film Festival (Los Angeles, USA)
Mons International Film Festival (Mons, Belgium)
Vienna Forum on Human Trafficking (Vienna, Austria)
Ecocinema International Environmental Film Festival (Athen, Greece)
FEBIOFEST: International Film Festival Prague (Prague, Czech Republic)
Diagonale. Festival des österreichischen Films (Graz, Austria)
La Caravane des cinémas d'Afrique (Lyon, France)
AFRICALA - Festival de Cine Africano de la Ciudad de México (México)
Wild Cinema Windhoek International Film Festival (Windhoek, Namibia)
AfryKamera Film Festival (Warsaw, Poland)
Human Rights Nights (Bologna, Italy)
Donostia - San Sebastian Human Rights Film Festival (San Sebastian, Spain)
MOOOV Filmfestival (Turnhout, Belgium)
Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival (Kristiansand, Norway)
Human Rights Films Festival (Pamplona, Spain)
African Film Festival FCAT (Tarifa/Cadix, Spain)
Internationales Film Festival Innsbruck (Innsbruck, Austria)
SANFIC Santiago International Film Festival (Santiago, Chile)
Festival cinémas d'Afrique (Lausanne, Switzerland)
Take One Action (Edinburgh, UK)
AFRICAN SCREENS (Berlin, Germany)
Festival Jenseits von Europa (Köln, Germany)
Africa in Motion (Edinburgh, UK)
Carthage Film Festival (Tunis, Tunisia)
Al Kasaba International Film Festival (Palestinia, Israel)
Antirasistiska filmdagar (Malmö, Sweden)
Castellinaria (Bellinzona, Switzerland)
Just Film - Youth and Children's Film Festival (Tallinn, Estonia)
HUMAN AID 4 Life Filmtage (Vienna, Austria)
"African Perspectives" Special screening - major exhibition by Yinka Shonibare MBE - Museum of Contemporary Art at Dendy Opera Quays Sydney (Sydney, Australia)
Cinestar Filmverleih Special screening "FranCultures" (Vienna, Austria)

Cycle de cinéma Africain "African Screens" (Lisbon, Portugal)
African Studies Film Festival (Madison, USA)
Helsinki International Film Festival (Helsinki, Finland)



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Sundance Film Festival.

Fespaco 2007
> Winner of the Golden Stallion de Yennenga
> INALCO Award
> UNFPA Award


Ezra, ein ehemaliger Kindersoldat, hat den Krieg in Sierra Leone überlebt und versucht in einem Nachbarland, ein neues Leben zu beginnen. Bei einer Anhörung vor einer Versöhnungskommission wirft ihm seine Schwester vor, seine Eltern ermordet zu haben. Doch Ezra erinnert sich an nichts.

regie: Newton aduaka Nigeria, F, A 2006 102 min OmdU

FR AT WAN, 2007, Spielfilm, 106 Minuten, Drama

SPRACHE: Englisch

Mamoudu Turay Kamara
Mariame N'diaye
Emile Abossolo-Mbo
Richard Gant
Wale Ojo
Mercy Ojelade
Mamusu Kallon

Newton I Aduaka

Newton I Aduaka
Alain-Michel Blanc


Rapito dai ribelli della Blood Brotherhood, costretto a drogarsi e a compiere azioni disumane, innamorato di una guerrigliera che gli dimostra la ragionevolezza della loro lotta. La vita di Ezra, ex bambino soldato, è rimasta segnata indelebilmente dalla tragedia della guerra civile. Anche dopo molti anni dalla conclusione del conflitto, il ragazzo è ancora fortemente traumatizzato. Una commissione per la Verità e la Riconciliazione lo interroga sul suo passato, accusandolo di aver ucciso i suoi stessi genitori. Ma Ezra non ricorda, ha rimosso ogni dettaglio, vive in un presente di allucinazioni cercando di recuperare il passato.

Il regista Aduaka, dopo i successi del lungometraggio d'esordio'Rage', convince ancora con questa pellicola sul tema del ricordo. Il film ha vinto la ventesima edizione del Fespaco in Burkina Faso.

di Newton I. Aduaka
Nigeria/Francia/Austria - 2007, 103 min
inglese con sottotitoli in italiano

Regia: Newton I. Aduaka
Interpreti: Mamadou Turay Kamara, Richard Gant, Mariame N'Diaye, Mamusu Kallon, Mercy Ojelade

"Questi bambini hanno conosciuto l'inferno per dei giochi economici …. tutto ciò mi tocca profondamente, ed è questo che ha nutrito "Ezra". Il resto è cinema….."
N. Aduaka

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