Magazine article Variety

Karekezi Explores Legacy of Violence

Magazine article Variety

Karekezi Explores Legacy of Violence

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TWO SOLDIERS SEPARATED from their patrol are suddenly stranded in one of the world's most dangerous jungles, pitting them in a struggle against nature and enemy troops while confronting their innermost demons.

In "The Mercy of the Jungle," which has its North American premiere in the Discovery section of the Toronto Intl. Film Festival, helmer Joel Karekezi examines the legacy of violence that links his native Rwanda and the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.

But Karekezi hopes his portrait of war and its lingering fallout will resonate far beyond the borders of the central African region he calls home, offering hope to victims of bloodshed in other embattled places. "War is everywhere in the world at this moment, and my goal is universal," he says.

Starring Marc Zinga and TIFF Rising Star Stéphane Bak, "Mercy" is based on events that unfolded during the Second Congo War, an outbreak of violence that erupted in the years after the 1994 Rwandan genocide. …

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