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JOHNNY MAD DOG

Un Certain Regard
Directed by :
Jean-Stéphane SAUVAIRE 
Country:
FRANCE, BELGIUM, LIBERIA
Year:
2008
Duration:
97.00 minutes
  • Prize of Hope, 2008

Synopsis

Today, in contemporary Africa.

Johnny, 15, a kid-soldier armed to the hilt, is inhabited by the mad dog he dreams of becoming.

With his small commando – No Good Advice, Small Devil, Young Major – he robs, pillages, and slays everything in his path.

Laokolé, 16, pushing her disabled facther around in a rickety wheelbarrow, attempting to invent the glorious future which her brilliant studies seem to have in store for her, strives to flee her city occupied by teenage-soldier militias, with her little brother Fofo, 8.

As Johnny advances, Laokolé flees . . .

Under the windows of embassies, NGOs, the High Commissionership for Refugees, teenagers fed by Hollywood imagery and disinformation play at war. The militias fight enemies dubbed “Patriots”; the “Dogo-Mayis” want to exterminate the “Mayi-Dogos”; the adolescent warlords call themselves “Giap” or “Rambo” and kill each other over a TV set, a basket of fruit, or a misplaced word.

Childhoods cut short, an Africa ravaged by absurd wars, a people who are trying, in spite of it all, to survive and to save their humanity.
Jean-stéphane SAUVAIRE

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Production

MNP ENTREPRISE - 18/20, rue du faubourg du Temple 75011 Paris - T : 01 55 28 30 99 - olivia@mnp-entreprise.com - www.mnp-entreprise.com EXPLICIT FILMS (FRANCE) SCOPE PICTURES (BELGIQUE)

Distribution

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French press

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International press

CÉDRIC LANDEMAINE - T : +33 (0)1 44 05 97 60 - cedriclandemaine@hotmail.com

Foreign sales

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