FR 16 NOV 17.00
THE MERCY OF THE JUNGLE BY JOËL KAREKEZI
RUANDA / BELGIUM / FRANCE 2018 DCP OV 91 MIN
Set in 1998, shortly after the start of the Second Congo War, The Mercy of the Jungle follows a pair of lost Rwandan soldiers as they navigate the wilderness and confront their own existential crises. Sergeant Xavier is a veteran of Rwanda’s ethnic conflicts, while Private Faustin is a fresh recruit eager to avenge the killing of his father and brothers. One night their battalion scrambles away to hunt down a group of rebels, and Xavier and Faustin are left behind just as Congolese militia begin swarming the area. They have no option but to head west, embarking on a long journey through a hostile landscape teeming with enemy patrols, wildlife, and mercenary mining operations. Thwarted by hunger and illness, the men must learn to rely on each other’s very different skill sets if they are to survive.
JOËL KAREKEZI, born in 1985 in Gisenyi (Rwanda), graduated in 2008 from the Maisha Film Lab (Uganda) and the CineCours Fernakademie. Karekezi was already a guest at AFRIKAMERA in 2013 with his feature film debut IMBABAZI – THE PARDON on reconciliation after the genocide in Rwanda on the Tutsi. In the same year he began his work on the script of THE MERCY OF THE JUNGLE, which was presented in 2013 at the “Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde” at the Cannes Film Festival and the following year at the Locarno Film Festival. The film celebrated its international premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).