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Ezra

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California Newsreel

Ezra

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
110 minutes
Limited Release Date:
02/13/08
performer:
Mamoudou Turay Kamara, Mariame N'Diaye
director:
Newton I. Aduaka
distributor:
California Newsreel
author:
Alain-Michel Blanc
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C-

In Sierra Leone, a 6-year-old boy is kidnapped, drugged, and brainwashed into becoming a killer for the civil war. (He is then played, as a teenager, by Mamoudou Turay Kamara.) That’s a traumatically vital topic for a docudrama, yet rarely has the gulf between relevance of subject matter and ineptitude of execution been greater than it is in Ezra. Static and diffuse, the film is so committed to its view of Ezra as a pawn in the psychotic game of postcolonial Africa that he is never allowed, as a character, to become more than a pawn. C-