Mirroring the political strife and genocide in contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa, this film opens as preparations are being made to end a decade of civil war in a fictitious country. A peace agreement is about to be signed and celebrated in a night of reconciliation with a “laying down of arms.” As the powerful drumming begins, both rebels and government forces gather, bringing with them years of rage, grief, hope, suspicion and bitterness. In this first feature film, Fanta Régina Nacro boldly presents the sometimes unintentional but inhuman behavior inherent in all people.
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It's simply a shocking film about hatred, violence, and reconciliation. It's no fairy tale, but a very direct and brutal admission of the price people need to pay for being able to live with one another after committing mutual atrocities.
The film might be technically poor, but it makes up for it with a powerful story. If you want to look at the other side of Tanovic's "No Man's Land," watch it.
Three days later and I am still haunted by this commentary on the gender-driven "human experience", where the single intersection is with the merely Eternal.