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. It was awarded the Grand Prize at the 2007 Festival Panafricain du Cinema à Ouagadougou (FESPACO), Africa’s largest and most prestigious film event, and was selected for the International Critics Week at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. EZRA stands out among other African films because it is a complex psychological study, not just of the brutalizing, healing and reintegration into society of one of thousands of traumatized former child soldiers, but also as a key for reconstructing these societies themselves.
- Awards & Accolades
- Grand Jury Prize (World Cinema, Dramatic) Nominee Sundance Film Festival 2007
- Grand Prize Ouagadougou Panafrican Film and Television Festival 2007
- INALCO Award Ouagadougou Panafrican Film and Television Festival 2007
- UNFPA Award Ouagadougou Panafrican Film and Television Festival 2007
Reviews(see the best reviews)
Provocative film! Stunningly enacted and directed. With impressive cinematography ranging from the spectacular vista to truly authentic village scenes! No film has ever better captured the essence of modern West Africa. I am Lawalazu Kollie,a Peace Corps volunteer (made an honorary Mende chief) who lived in Liberia next door for a total of two and one half years.Taught the kids in a mud-brick classroom. This latter day ultimate horror and tragedy of the children in West Africa haunts me. I Been there, lived there, loved it! And weep for the children I taught but perished in Liberia's own Civil War.
Here is the most powerful depiction of human degradation in all of Christianity.
children was given to us for us to guild them but because of our selfishness we miss guild them they
turn to us for help and we turn our back on them let us put the pass away and start the healing