The Silent Army
2009, Holland-France-South Africa, 92’, Color, English -Dutch
Director: Jean van de Velde
Cast: Jacqueline Blom, Marco Borsato, Adrian Galley, Ricky Koole, Frederick Mpuuga, Abby Mukiibi Nkaaga
2010 Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard
Recommended by UNESCO to screen worldwide.
The Silent Army is based on the true events of young children in Africa forced to become child soldiers. Its visuals of battle will persist in one’s mind for a long time.
Life as a restaurant owner in an eastern African country is not easy for the 40 year old, African born and bred Eduard Zuiderwijk after the sudden death of his wife. He now stands for the task of raising his 9-year-old son Thomas all by himself. The young Thomas seeks and gains support from his friend Abu, son of Mafillu, one of the female black staff members in the restaurant. One day Abu disappears suddenly together with at least ten other children, after a nightly and violent raid of his village by the rebel army. Abu’s father and many other villagers were killed and the missing children are nowhere to be found. Young Thomas cannot be consoled. He wants Abu back, and Eduard, who feels he is failing as a father, decides to try to find Abu and save him from the hands of the rebels.