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THE SILENT ARMY

Movie Picture

Un Certain Regard
Directed by :
Jean VAN DE VELDE 
Country:
NETHERLANDS
Year:
2008
Duration:
92.00 minutes

Synopsis

Life as a restaurant owner in an eastern African country is not easy for the
40 year old, African born and bred Eduard Zuiderwijk after the sudden
death of his wife. He now stands for the task of raising his 9-year-old son
Thomas all by himself.
The young Thomas seeks and gains support from his friend Abu, son of
Mafillu, one of the female black staff members in the restaurant.
One day Abu disappears suddenly together with at least ten other children,
after a nightly and violent raid of his village by the rebel army. Abu’s
father and many other villagers were killed and the missing children are
nowhere to be found.
Young Thomas cannot be consoled. He wants Abu back, and Eduard, who
feels he is failing as a father, decides to try to find Abu and save him from
the hands of the rebel leader.
While Eduard proceeds to an IDP camp in the middle of the conflict-infested
area to gather information about the possible whereabouts of Abu and the
other abducted children, Abu himself is undergoing harsh child soldier
training in the rebel army of Michel Obeke. No means, either physical or
psychological, are being withheld in order to transform the children into
ruthless killers.
Against the advice and will of the aid workers that Eduard meets, he
persists in his plight towards finding and saving his son’s friend, and after a
dangerous and irresponsible search through the jungle he manages to reach
Michel Obeke’s camp. Obeke demonstrates to Eduard that all of the
children in his camp are there of their own free will, and that neither Abu
nor any other child wants to leave the rebel army and go with Eduard.
When Eduard is an unintentional witness to a secret weapon delivery his
troubles become even more immense. The arms dealers as well as Michel
Obeke want to rid themselves of this inconvenient spy. Eduard now not only
needs to save Abu but also his own life.
Jean VAN DE VELDE
Jean VAN DE VELDE

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Production

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French press

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International press

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