FIGHT LIKE SOL­DIERS DIE LIKE CHIL­DREN

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(Pa­trick Reed, Canada). 83 min­utes. Rat­ing: NNN Nine years after the re­lease of Shake Hands With The Devil, Peter Ray­mont and Pa­trick Reed catch up with Roméo Dal­laire on his cur­rent African mis­sion, work­ing with NGOs try­ing to re­ha­bil­i­tate for­mer child sol­diers who’ve ex­pe­ri­enced hor­rors beyond their years.

Dal­laire is a charis­matic and open sub­ject, and the cause is cer­tainly noble, but this is a fairly bythe-num­bers doc­u­men­tary that does lit­tle to deepen our un­der­stand­ing of Dal­laire or the sit­u­a­tion in the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo, where most of the film takes place.

There’s also the re­gret­table decision to il­lus­trate the ex­pe­ri­ences of a com­pos­ite child sol­dier with an­i­mated se­quences that feel simultaneously naive and con­de­scend­ing. NW Apr 27, 5 pm, The Bloor Hot Docs Cin­ema; Apr 29, 2 pm, Hart House The­atre; May 5, 5: 30 pm, TIFF Bell Light­box 2.

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