Heart of Fire | Chicago Reader

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Luigi Forlani (The Story of the Weeping Camel) freely adapts Senait Mahari's best-selling memoir for this moving tale of innocence lost. In 1981, during Eritrea's war of independence from Ethiopia, a ten-year-old girl (Letekidan Micael) is suddenly reclaimed from a Catholic orphanage in Asmara by her older sister (Solomie Micael), transported to their father's rebel base in the Eritrean hinterlands, and dispatched with her sister to train as a child soldier against militant defectors from their group. The film benefits greatly from the unstudied performances of its young actresses. In Tigrinya and Italian with subtitles. 94 min.

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