Beasts of No Nation

Just watched this movie. images Heartbreaking.

Abraham Attah… Agu. Aargh.

Having worked on a film about civil war in Africa, Tears of the Sun, I know firsthand how one can be impacted by movies like this and Beasts of No Nation is no exception. Viewing this leaves me speechless and disturbed. Rightfully so, war is hell.

I love Cary Fukunaga’s opening shot and all of the playful subsequent scenes with the children. I especially loved Agu’s wing man in the hawking of the imagination TV. 🙂 He has such an awesome screen presence. I’m sure we will be seeing more of him in the future.

Having been to Africa and seeing and talking to African citizens about some of their struggles I am left with a big headache of grief watching this.

Other movies have affected me like this, Akeelah and the Bee, I Will Follow, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Rabbit Proof-Fence, 12 Years A Slave, for very different reasons but the tapping of grief is the culprit.

Again, I am grateful for story tellers who can delve into the darkness of humanity to attempt to illuminate our most challenging experiences on this planet.

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