CANCELED: The Mercy of the Jungle
(La miséricorde de la jungle)
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Stéphane Bak, Marc Zinga, Ibrahim Ahmed, Abby Mukiibi Nkaaga,
Two Rwandan soldiers embark on a journey of survival through the unforgiving jungle in this visceral feature from Joël Karekezi, himself a survivor of the Rwandan genocide. Set during 1998’s Second Congo War, the film follows Xavier, a lifelong military man, and Faustin, a farmer turned reluctant soldier, who find countless miles of wilderness (and multiple Congolese patrols) between themselves and safety. “I wanted the jungle to be the story’s main antagonist, [using] nature and its immensity to question the absurdity of the actions of humankind, and the madness of war,” writes Karekezi, who was inspired by Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line.