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SVAFF Preview - 'Children's Republic' (Fantasy Film About Country Ruled By Children Who Don't Age)

by Tambay A. Obenson
September 26, 2013 4:11 PM
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This sounds like it could be a really interesting movie. I'm sold on the synopsis alone but I couldn't find much else about it online, like a trailer, or some clips.

Titled Children's Republic (La république des enfants) by Bissau-Guinean filmmaker Flora Gomes, the synopsis for the film follows:

In West Africa, there's a small country every adult abandoned. The children get organized and the Children's Republic becomes a stable and prosperous country. But the children can no longer grow up.

Researching, I found very few links which made it difficult to put a comprehensive post on the film together. But I learned that it's a futuristic tale of a city ruled by children, its only inhabitants, after a horrific and tragic civil war. And even more strange, the children, for some reason, don't age. Conflict arises when child soldiers from the outside enter this unusual community of children. 

It's been suggested by some that the film is an allegory on the possibility of African youth taking over the hope of building democracy on the African continent without forgetting its past.

There's a website set up for the film but it's all in French. I used Google to translate and what I typed above is what I could piece together based on the not-very-good translation. Also the site doesn't seem to have been updated in a long time.

The film was produced with funds from the European Union, and it's categorized as a fantasy film.

Danny Glover co-stars in the film, which is set in Guinea-Bissau, in West Africa, along with Melanie Vales Rafael, and Hedviges Mamudo.

Director Flora Gomes (who's from Guinea-Bissau) studied film at the ICAIC in Cuba. His directing resume includes films like Mortu Nega (1987), which screened the next year at the Venice International Film Festival. After That, he directed The Blue Eyes of Yonta (1992) and Po di Sangui which screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 1996. 

There isn't much of what I'd call a thriving filmmaking community/industry in Guinea-Bissau, with Gomes likely being the country's most prominent filmmaker. 

Children's Republic is his 7th full-length film.

There's sadly no trailer for it. I couldn't find one in any language. But there are lots of on-set photos and pics from the film around the web, like the one above with Glover.

It's scheduled to screen at the 4th Annual Silicon Valley African Film Festival, which will be its USA premiere, after debuting internationally at the 23rd edition of the Pan-African Film & TV Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), much earlier this year.

The 4th Annual Silicon Valley African Film Festival will take place from Friday, October 11 through Sunday, October 13, presented by the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) in Mountain View, CA. 

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  • Inye | September 26, 2013 4:57 PMReply

    Maybe you can reach out to Danny Glover to get some up to date info on the project. Sounds Interesting.

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