Beasts of No Nation
First screened in September 2015
Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga. Cast: Abraham Attah, Idris Elba, David Dontoh, Opeyemi Fagbohungbe, Ama K. Abebrese, Richard Pepple. Screenplay: Cary Joji Fukunaga (based on the novel by Uzodinma Iweala).

Twitter Capsule: Value, impact hard to deny but formal and narrative storytelling are a little crude. Young Attah is a find.

VOR:   Tricky, because central African stories almost never get told in Anglo cinema, but when they do, it's usually a variation on this one. I'm erring on the side of urging folks to see it.

Photo © 2015 Netflix/Bleecker Street Media

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B–

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Supporting Actor: Idris Elba

Other Awards:
Venice Film Festival: Marcello Mastroianni Award (Attah)
Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Elba)
National Board of Review: Best Breakthrough Performance (Attah; tie); Freedom of Expression Award

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