Johnny Mad Dog (Liberia: 2008)


Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire

Cast list

Christophe Mine

Daisy Victoria Vandy

Joseph Duo

Dagbeth Tweh

Careen Moore

Mohammed Sesay

Barry Chernoh

Léo Boyeneh Kote

Maxwell Carter

Miata Fahnbulleh

Terry Johnson

Onismus Kamoh

Lawrence King

Massiata E. Kenneh

Anthony King

Fanta K. Smith

Teddy Boy

Philip Topka

Joe Jackson


Set in the height of the summer during the Second Liberian Civil War, Johnny Mad Dog, is the story of a group of child shoulders forced into the life of rape, pillage, violence in their march towards the capital, Monrovia. The film, based on Emmanuel Dongala’s acclaimed novel Johnny Chien Méchant, gritty and corporal style highlights the moral and physical degradation the war has brought upon these child soldiers. Gripping and utterly realistic, the director forces the viewer to navigate the poignant and evocative subject matter themselves, making the film unforgettable and cathartic to experience.


Burke, Gavin. “Johnny Mad Dog”. 2 December 2015.

“Johnny Mad Dog”. Sundance Institute. 2 December 2015

Academic Articles

Bradshaw, Peter. “Johnny Mad Dog”. The Guardian, 22 October 2009. Web. 2 December 2015.

Johnston, Trevor. “Johnny Mad Dog.” Sight & Sound 19.12 (2009): 63. Biography Reference Bank (H.W. Wilson). Web. 3 Dec. 2015.

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