Ezra (2007) (Nigeria: 2007)

 

Ezra2007

Title: Ezra

Director: Newton I. Aduaka

Year of Release: 2007

Cast:

  • Mamoudu Turay Kamara        Ezra
  • Mariame N’Diaye                      Onitcha
  • Mamusu Kallon                        Mariam
  • Richard Gant                             Mac Mondale
  • Mercy Ojelade                           Cynthia
  • Emile Abossolo M’bo
  • Cleophas Kabasita                    Judge Naim

Producers:

  • Gorune Aprikian (Producer)
  • Jean-Michel Dissard (Executive producer)
  • Lamia Guellati (Executive producer)
  • Gabriele Kranzelbinder (Co-producer)
  • Pierrick Le Pochat (Line Producer)
  • Michel Loro (Producer)

Writers:

  • Newton I. Aduaka
  • Alain-Michel Blanc

Other:

  • Carlos Arango de Montis (Cinematography)
  • Sebastien Touta (Film editing)
  • Rosalie Clayton (Casting)
  • Yann Dury (Production design)
  • Sabrine Fevre (Special makeup effects artist)
  • Thomas Gache (Second production unit manager)
  • Marie Tappero (Production manager)
  • Bénédicte Mathieu (First assistant director)
  • Pascal Gras (Construction coordinator)
  • Karoline T. Heflin (Sound editor)
  • Sophie Campana (Costumer)

Synopsis:

The movie centers around the questioning of a sixteen-year-old boy (Ezra), before a version of the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions that were created in Sierra Leone in 2002 in the wake of its civil war. Ezra’s flashbacks are represented chronologically, covering the pivotal moments of his ten year service in the rebel army. Ezra is questioned by the commission about the fate of his parents, whom he stands accused of murdering at some point during the conflict by his own sister.

Reviews and Articles:

Holden, Stephen, “Innocence Lost, on a Battlefield Somewhere in Africa.” The New York Times, 2008 (online newspaper)

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/13/movies/13ezra.html?_r=0

Schager, Nick, “Film Review: Ezra.” Slant Magazine, 2008 (online magazine)

http://www.slantmagazine.com/film/review/ezra

“Film Review-Ezra: Sacrifice of the Young.” African Film and Literature, 2008 (blog)

http://wendyafricanfilmlit.blogspot.com/2008/02/film-review-ezra-sacrifice-of-young.html

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