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Les Petits soldats

Les Petits soldats

A Feature film by François Margolin

Produced by Les Films du Rêve

Release in France : 09/02/2005


    They’re between 10 and 17 years old and are perfect killing machines: they’re called child-soldiers. During the fall of 2003, François Margolin recorded the accounts of Liberian children that war has transformed into executioners.
    Liberia, October 2003. After fourteen years of war between rebel groups and government forces, the country is devastated and run by paramilitary groups that enlist child-soldiers. To understand the children’s involvement in warfare, Margolin interviewed them, initially in the streets during the fall of Charles Taylor, then in the NGO Don Bosco rehabilitation centers a few months later. With astonishing detachment, the children confide why and how they killed, tortured, raped and pillaged.

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Les Films du Rêve

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    Co-production :

    Margo Cinéma

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    Photos (3)

    Full credits (8)

    Executive Producer :

    François Calderon

    Director of Photography :

    François Margolin

    Production Manager :

    Benoît Tschieret

    Editor :

    Jean-Christophe Hym

    Screenwriters :

    François Margolin, Guillaume Vincent

    Sound Recordist :

    Léo Hinstin

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Fabienne Ferreira-Barbosa

    Sound Mixer :

    Jean-Marc Schick

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Themes :

    Childhood, War

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    Nationality :

    100% French

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    Runtime :

    1 h 10 min

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    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections

    Montreal World Film Festival - 2004

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 2004)


    African Cinema