Programmed by Claudia Maci
This candid (and often disturbing) documentary is made up of interviews with seven men of different ranks about the atrocities they committed (or ordered) during Liberia’s civil war. The film examines the nature of modern violence and an essentialist conception of war.
In their film shot in Liberia, Tribbioli and Lodoli leave the account of the war to seven characters – seven fighters describe the atrocities with neither anger nor compassion, illustrating how survival in conflict does not involve feelings or remorse. The attempt to maintain a fair distance and the lack of judgment on the part of the two directors is reflected in the close-ups of the people interviewed, making it possible to cut oneself off from their personal histories and distance oneself from the context, and making the human condition universal by exploring the archetype of war as an integral part of human nature. This “Polemos” (demon of war) described by Heraclitus in his Fragment 53 as being “the father of all” shows how everything that exists asserts itself in reality through constant, brutal war.
Managing Director of Festival dei Popoli