Ezra (2007)


Ezra (2007)

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. Ezra 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.
IMDb   6.4 /10
Metacritic   56 %
TheMovieDb    5.7 /10
FilmAffinity   6.7 /10
Release Date2008-02-13
Runtime1h 50mins
Content RatingNot Rated (Not Rated)
Awards8 wins & 4 nominations.
CompanyAmour Fou Vienna, Arte France Cinéma, CINEFACTO
CountryFrance, Nigeria, USA, UK, Austria
Mamoudu Turay Kamara
Mamoudu Turay Kamara
Mariame N'Diaye
Mariame N'Diaye
Mamusu Kallon
Mamusu Kallon
Mac Mondale
Mercy Ojelade
Mercy Ojelade
Peter Odeke
Peter Odeke
Snake Savimbi

Ezra (2007 film)

Ezra is a 2007 drama film directed by Newton I. Aduaka. It was shown at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and the 2007 Ouagadougou Panafrican Film and Television Festival where it won the Grand Prize.


Ezra, a young Sierra Leonean ex-fighter, is struggling to find his bearings and return to a normal life after the civil war that laid waste to his country. His everyday life is divided between a psychological rehabilitation centre and a national reconciliation tribunal organized under the auspices of the UNO. During the rehabilitation trial in which Ezra takes part, he has to face his sister who is accusing him of the murder of their parents. But Ezra does not remember a thing. Will Ezra admit this horror and thus be forgiven by his sister and his village community?


  • Mamoudu Turay Kamara as Ezra
  • Augustine Maturi as Young Ezra
  • Abubakarr Sawaneh as Mitschach
  • Malcom Smith as Young Mitschach
  • Mariame N'Diaye as Onitcha
  • Mamusu Kallon as Mariam
  • Merveille Lukeba as Moses
  • Richard Gant as Mac Mondale
  • Mercy Ojelade as Cynthia
  • Emile Abossolo M'Bo