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Ezra

a film by Newton I Aduaka

DRAMA | 2007 | Austria, Nigeria, France | 106 min | Englisch | Color | 35mm | 1:1,85

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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.


Premiere: Sundance Film Festival 2007
Cast: Mamoudu Turay Kamara, Mariame N'diaye, Emile Abossolo-Mbo, Richard Gant, Wale Ojo, Mercy Ojelade, Mamusu Kallon

Director: Newton I AduakaScreenplay: Newton I Aduaka und Alain-Michel BlancCamera: Carlos ArangoEditing: Sébastien ToutaMusic: Nicolas BabySound: Alioune MbowArt Direction: Yann DuryCostumes: Sophie CampanaLocation Manager: Manu HabiyarenyeProduction Management: Pierrick Le Pochat, Malek Hamzaoui, Juvens NtampuhweTonschnitt: Karolin Heflin
Production: Michel Loro, Gorune Aprikian, Gabriele Kranzelbinder, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu
Funding: ARTE France, Centre National de la Cinématographie, RTR Fernsehfonds Austria, Fonds Sud (Ministère des Affaires étrangères)

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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.

Prizes:
  • Grand prize Etalon d'Or de Yennenga - FESPACO 2007
  • Grand Jury Prize - 28th Durban International Film festival
  • Prix Spécial des Nations Unies pour la promotion d'une culture de la Tolérance et de la Paix - FESPACO 2007
  • Prix Spécial Plan Burkina pour les droits de l'enfant - FESPACO 2007
  • Prix Spécial de l'Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales (INALCO) - FESPACO 2007
  • Audience Prize - Milan African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival 2007
  • Silver Alhambra (Best Director) - Premio Alhambra de Plata - International Film Festival "Cinemas from the South" of Granada
  • Coup De Coeur Du Jury - 8th Edition des Rencontres Internationales <Songes d'une nuit DV>
  • Grand Jury Prize (Licorne d'Or) - 27th Amiens International film festival 2007
  • Prix du public long métrage - 27th Amiens International film festival 2007
  • Coup de coeur du  Public - Festival Lumières d'Afrique de Besançon 2007
  • Prix du jury  lycéens et des apprentis du cinema - Festival Lumières d'Afrique de Besançon 2007


Festivals:
  • Sundance Film Festival 19.01.2007 - 29.01.2007
  • Festival Panafricain du Cinéma et de la Télévision de Ouagadougou (FESPACO) 25.02.2007 - 04.03.2007
  • African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival of Milano (Italy) 20.03.2007 - 26.03.2007
  • Cannes International Film Festival - Pavillon des Cinémas du Sud (France) 16.05.2007 - 27.05.2007
  • Cannes International Film Festival / International Critics' Week (France) 17.05.2007 - 26.05.2007
  • International Film Festival "Cinemas from the South" of Granada (Spain) 10.06.2007- 18.06.2007
  • Rencontres Internationales «Songes d’une nuit DV » (France) 16.06.2007
  • Durban International Film Festival (South Africa) 21.06.2007- 02.07.2007
  • La Rochelle International Film Festival (France) 30.06.007 - 10.07.2007
  • Rencontres Cinéma de Gindou (France) 18.08.2007 - 25.08.2007
  • "Africa in the picture" Film Festival Amsterdam, Rotterdam, La Haye, Eindhoven (Netherlands) 06.09.2007 - 15.09.2007
  • Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (Brazil) 20.09.2007-04.10.2007
  • Barcelona Festival de Cinema Politic (Spain) 27.09.2007 - 02.10.2007
  • Filmfest Hamburg (Germany) 27.09.2007 - 04.10.2007
  • Oslo Films from the South / Film fra Sør Festival (Norway) 04.10.2007 - 11.10.2007
  • Pusan International Film Festival (Korea) 04.10.2007 - 12.10.2007
  • Warsaw International Film Festival (Poland) 12.10.2007 - 21.10.2007
  • Filmhaus Nuremberg (Germany) 15.10.2007
  • London bfi Film Festival (Great Britain) 17.10.2007 - 01.11.2007
  • Französische Filmtage Tübingen-Stuttgart (Germany) 1.11.2007 - 7.11.2007
  • Mostra de Cinema Africa de Barcelona y Madrid (Spain) 08.11.2007 - 02.12.2007
  • Amiens International film festival (France) 9.11.2007 - 18.11.2007
  • Kolkata International Film Festival (India) 10.11.2007 - 17.11.2007
  • Festival "Lumières d´Afrique" de Besançon (France) 10.11.2007 - 18.11.2007
  • Afrikanische Filmtage / African Film days - Saarbrücken (Germany) 10.11.2007 - 18.11.2007
  • Verona African Film Festival FESCAV (Italy) 16.11.2007 - 24.11.2007
  • Bilbao Film Festival (Spain) 26.11.2207 – 01.12.2007
  • Kanema Film Festival, Lisbon (Portugal) 09.11.2007 - 05.12.2007
  • Panafricana - Le mille Afriche del cinema a Roma, Rome (Italy) 01.12.2007 - 09.12.2007
  • Habana Film Festival, Cuba 4.12.2007 - 14.12.2007
  • Dubai International Film Festival (Emirates) 9.12.2007 - 16.12.2007
  • Caravan To Africa, Seoul (Korea) 9.12.2007 - 22.12.2007
  • Africa Alive Festival - Frankfurt (Germany) 18.01. - 31.01.2008
  • Seville Three Cultures Foundation (Special Screening) - Seville (Spain) 22.01.2008
  • FEMI « Festival International du Cinéma de Guadeloupe (Guadeloupe) 24.01.2008 - 02.02.2007
  • Cascade Festival of African Film Portland (Oregon/USA) 01.02.2008
  • BLACK MOVIE Festival de films des autres mondes - Geneva (Switzerland) 01.02.2008 - 10.02.2008
  • CinemAfrica Film Festival - Stockholm (Sweden) 07.02.2008 - 10.02.2008
  • AFRIKAMERA - Berlin (Germany) 29.11.2007
  • Goteborg International Filmfestival (Sweden) 25.01.2008 - 04.02.2008
  • FEMI « Festival International du Cinéma de Guadeloupe » (France) 24.01.2008 - 02.02.2008
  • Biennale Cinéma et Education "Cinéduc" Grenoble (France) 04.02.2008 - 17.02.2007
  • CinemAfrica Film Festival Stockholm (Sweden) 07.02.2008 - 17.02.2008
  • Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) (California/USA) 07.02.2008 - 18.02.2008
  • Festival International du Film d'Amour de Mons (Belgium) 08.02.2008 - 15.02.2008
  • Vienna Forum on Human Trafficking - Vienna (Austria) 12.02.2008 - 15.02.2008
  • Ecocinema International Film Festival - Athens (Greece) 21.02.2008 - 27.02.2008
  • Prague FebioFest - Prague (Czech Republic) 27.03.2008 - 04.04.2008
  • DIAGONALE Festival of Austrian Film - Graz (Austria) 01.04.2008 - 06.04.2008
  • La Caravane des cinémas d’Afrique Sainte Foy lès Lyon (France) 03.04.2008 - 13.04.2008
  • AFRICALA - Festival de Cine Africano de la Ciudad de México
    (México) 04.04.2008 - 13.04.2008
  • Wild Cinema Windhoek International Film Festival (Namibia) 04.04.2008 - 13.04.2008
  • AfryKamera 2008 - African Film Festival Krakow, Poznan, Gdańsk, Sopot, Wrocław, Warsaw (Poland) 04.04.2008 - 14.04.2008
  • Bologna Human Rights Nights Film Festival - Bologna (Italy) 12.04.2008 - 20.04.2008
  • San Sebastian Human Rights Film Festival - San Sebastian (Spain) 18.04.2008 - 25.04.2008
  • FILM FESTIVAL OPEN DOEK Turnhout (Belgium) 18.04.2008 - 27.04.2008
  • Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival - Kristiansand (Norway) 22.04.2008 - 27.04.2008
  • AfryKamera 2008, African Film Festival  - Cracovie, Poznan, Gdansk/Sopot, Wroclaw, Varsovie (Poland) 07.04.2008 - 24.04.2008
  • Human Rights Films Festival - Pamplona (Spain) 18.04.2008 - 25.04. 2008
  • Festival de Cine Africano de Tarifa (FCAT) - Tarifa/Cadix (Spain) 25.04.2008 - 04.05.2008
  • DIAGONALE Festival of Austrian Film Graz (Austria) 03.06.2008 - 08.06.2008
  • 7. International Film Festival Innsbruck (Austria) 03.06.2008 - 08.06.2008
  • African film week Santiago (Chile) 11.08.2008 - 17.08.2008
  • Festival Cinémas d'Afrique et Journées du Crocodile de Lausanne (Switzerland) 28.08.2008 - 31.08.2008
  • Edinburgh Activism Film Festival "Take One Action" (Ireland) 13.09.2008
  • AFRICAN SCREENS - Berlin (Germany) 09.10.2008 - 09.11.2008
  • Festival Jenseits von Europa - Cologne (Germany) 07.10.2008 - 26.10.2008
  • Africa in Motion Edinburgh (United Kingdom) 23.10.2008 - 02.11.2008
  • Journées Cinématographiques de CarthageTunis (Tunisia) 25.10.2008 - 01.11.2008
  • Africa in Motion (Touring programme) Edinburgh (United Kingdom) 01.11.2008 - 31.12.2008
  • Al Kasaba International Film Festival Ramallah (Palestinia) 09.11.2008 - 20.11.2008
  • Antirasistiska filmdagar Malmö (Sweden) 10.11.2008 - 15.11.2008
  • CASTELLINARIA  Festival internazionale del cinema giovane Bellinzona (Switzerland) 15.11.2008 - 20.11.2008
  • Children and Youth Film Festival JUST Film Festival Tallin (Estonia) 22.11.2008 - 29.11.2008
  • Filmreihe HUMAN AID 4 Life - Vienna (Austria) 24.11.2008 - 27.11.2008
  • “African Perspectives” Special screening - major exhibition by Yinka Shonibare MBE - Museum of Contemporary Art at Dendy Opera Quays Sydney (Australia) 06.12.2008 - 07.12.2008
  • Cinestar Filmverleih Special screening - monthly presentation with "FranCultures" Vienna (Austria) 10.12.2008
  • Cycle de cinéma Africain "African Screens" Lisbon (Portugal) 01.03.2009 - 01.05.2009
  • African film series at UW Cinematheque Madison (USA) 09.07.2009
  • 22nd Helsinki International Film Festival "Love & Anarchy" (Finland) 17.09.2009 - 27.07.2009
  • FilmAfrikana Festival, Oslo (Norway)  25.03.2010 - 28.03.2010




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