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Echoes of War| 1hr : 09mins
Director: Joop van Wijk | Producer: Joop van Wijk
Focus Years: 2005 | Country: Netherlands
Subject Tags: conflict, europe, global, human rights, netherlands, oppression, war
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
Synopsis:
War and violence leave behind the dead, the wounded, the maimed, victims, and witnesses. “Echoes of War” is a feature-length documentary with animated sequences about child survivors of wars and violent conflicts in Afghanistan, New York, Columbia and Sierra Leone who, having lost their father or mother, take us into their lives and share their memories, nightmares and dreams. A Colombian boy takes us down the road where his hand disappeared. In New York, two girls tell us about their father, who worked on a high floor of the World Trade Centre. We meet a girl in Afghanistan who struggles to remember her father, whose pictures were burned. In Sierra Leone we will see the journey of a family on their way to a well, brutally disturbed by the violence of the rebels. All that is left behind is a little girl, who has no idea what the rebels are fighting for. A boy in the Colombian jungle dreams of becoming a doctor. A girl in a besieged city is determined to become president of her country in order to outlaw all weapons. Though continents apart and without knowledge of each other these children have grief, courage and hope in common. They reveal their stories by listening to the tale of a little elephant who tries to find the courage to live with the death of his father. While they identify with the plight of the little elephant we discover that they are heroes who take us beyond the politics and rhetoric of statesmen, terrorists and soldiers. By interspersing the children’s life stories with the animated tale of the little elephant, ‘Echoes of War’ is a sensitive and moving portrayal about the consequences of war and violence.

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