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This riveting 2004 tragedy from Burkina Faso is set in a fictitious African country trying to recover from a decade of civil war. The ruling Nayaks have accepted an olive branch from the insurgent Bonandes, but no one is assuaged by this peace settlement—not the president's widow, mad with grief over her murdered son; nor the rebel leader, who's plagued by nightmares; nor especially the ubiquitous machete-wielding village idiot. Limbless children and graphic murals bear witness to the recent carnage, but these atrocities are only a warm-up for the movie's savage climax. Fanta Regina Nacro directed. In French, Moore, and Dioula with subtitles. 94 min.

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