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The Mercy of the Jungle (La Miséricorde de la Jungle)
NAME OF FILM: THE MERCY OF THE JUNGLE (LA MISÉRICORDE DE LA JUNGLE) (2018)
DIRECTOR(S): Joel Karekezi
STARRING: Stéphane Bak, Marc Zinga, Ibrahim Ahmed
GENRE: Drama Film
SYNOPSIS: At the outbreak of the Second Congo War, Rwandan soldiers Sergeant Xavier and Private Faustin are sent to hunt down Hutu rebels in the vast jungles of eastern Congo. Xavier is a stoic veteran of the ethnic wars that have plagued his country for years; Faustin is an eager young recruit who joined the army to avenge the death of his father and brothers. Under the relentless command of Major Kayitare, they march 80 kilometers a day in pursuit of the murderers of nearly one million Tutsis during the Rwandan genocide four years earlier. When they are accidentally left behind in the jungle, with only each other to rely on, they embark on an odyssey through the most violent forest on earth, faced with the depths of their own war-torn souls.
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