European Network Against Trafficking in Human Beings

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Ezra

Document number
1597
Date
2007
Title
Ezra
Author/publisher
Newton Aduaka
Availability
LSI library
Document type(s)
Multimedia,
Keywords
Child soldiers, Sierra Leone, Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, Best Interests Principle, Child Victims of Trafficking, Separated Migrant Children, Unaccompanied minors, Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Child protection systems, Violence, Human rights violation, Crime against humanity, War crime, Armed conflict, Post-conflict situation, Terrorism,
Summary
An intense story from the perspective of Ezra, a former child soldier from Sierra Leone. Now that the war is over he tries to recall his past and return to his normal life. Ezra is the first film to give an African perspective on the disturbing phenomenon of abducting child soldiers into the continent's recent civil wars. The film is structured around the week-long questioning of a 16 year old boy, Ezra, before a version of the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, created in Sierra Leone in 2002 in the wake of its decade long civil war. This hearing is then inter-cut with chronological flashbacks to pivotal moments during Ezra's ten years in the rebel faction which made him who he is
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