Date(s) - 23/03/2017
Alliance Francaise de Bangalore
CINE FORUM MELIES: Eye of the Storm
7.00 pm | 23rd of March | Alliance Française auditorium
Free and open to all // Subtitled in English
Sékou Traoré, Burkina Faso – 2015 – 1h37min – Psychological Drama
Based on the study of child soldiers, Sékou Traoré’s film brings us to Emma Tou (N’Diaye), a young lawyer who reluctantly accepts to defend a captured fugitive who may have been a child soldier, in what her boss titles “The Trial of the Century”. Persistent to ensure a good and fair trial for the fugitive, Tou visits former child soldier Blackshouam Vila (Fargass) and tries to win his trust so he will help her in her case. But as Vila begins to tell her his history, Tou discovers the terrors of a child forced to fight in the military.
As Vila tells Tou how he is wavering between celebrating his awful crimes and lamenting about his nightmares, which frequently include his past victims.
The more Tou digs into the subject of child soldiers, the more she finds that points to government officials’ involvement in causing Vila’s turbulent childhood. Readying court, Tou is sealed into a search for truth where heroes and villains are no more than shades of gray.