AMAZING FILM. So eye opening and intense.
It tells the story 0f a young African boy named Abu, who is forced to become a child soldier after his family is killed during the civil war that is taking place in his country.
The country remains unnamed throughout the film, suggesting that it is a portrayal of the widespread reality being faced in most of the African continent.
Despite the violence and savagery portrayed in the film, there is an odd sense of hope behind it as well, for despite being completely brainwashed and forced to do terrible things, there is still a side of Agu that believes in a better life, a better future, and this belief is constantly tested as his story unfolds.
He loses more and more of himself as he carries on, so much so that at one point he realizes he is never going to go back to being the happy little boy he used to be; but not once does he forget to pray, and to hold on to the only part of him that still feels, deep down, at least partially pure: his heart.
Along with his loyal friend, Strika, another child soldier who is so traumatized by the war that he never speaks, he bares through the life he was condemned to, just like the thousands of other African children before him, and the thousands yet to come.
Watch it on Netflix!