THE SILENT ARMY
Directed by : Jean VAN DE VELDE
Year of production : 2008 Country : NETHERLANDS Length : 92 minutes
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 re
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