a film by Newton I. Aduaka
World Premiere: Sundance Film Festival 2007
Austria / France 2007 // 106 min // 35mm
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.
Newton I. Aduaka
Newton I. Aduaka & Alain-Michel Blanc
Michel Loro, Gorune Aprikian, Pierre Javaux Productions, Gabriele Kranzelbinder, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu
Cinefacto, Sunday Morning Production, KGP, AMOUR FOU Vienna
L'Etalon d'or de Yannenga, Best Film - Pan-African Film Festival of Ouagadougou Audience Award of the City Milano - African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival of Milan 2007
Festival panafricain du cinéma et de la télévision de Ouagadougou 2007
African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival of Milan 2007