The Congolese Civil War is the second largest military conflict in the last hundred years, trailing only World War II. Millions have died or become refugees. But it’s not a very well-known war. There are hardly any pictures because the battle is taking place in the jungle. Which is also where the Rwandan sergeant Xavier and the Congolese recruit Faustin are. They have lost their battalion and have to rejoin the main forces in the west under their own steam. Rebel factions, criminals and enemy villagers form an obstacle and they are forced to trek through the thick jungle.

During a journey filled with hunger, wild animals and malaria, the bond between these two soldiers grows. The horrors of war intervene in the form of hallucinations and memories. The jungle, which is portrayed in turn as claustrophobic and grand, is a parallel world that brings humanity back to the exhausted men.

 

International title
The Mercy of the Jungle
Filmmaker
Joel Karekezi
Country
Belgium, France
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
91’
Language
French, Swahili
Producer
Aurélien Bodinaux, Oualid Baha
Production Company
Néon Rouge Productions, Tact Production
Sales
UDI
Writer
Casey Schroen, Joel Karekezi, Aurélien Bodinaux
Cinematography
Joachim Philippe
Editor
Antoine Donnet
Production Design
Geneviève Leyh
Sound Design
Benoît de Clerck
Music
Line Adam, Nirere Shanel
Cast
Marc Zinga, Stéphane Bak