Beasts of No Nation
Writer-director Cary Fukunaga can set a beautiful scene, and Idris Elba turns in a larger-than-life performance in a way that very few actors can, but the powerhouse in Beasts of No Nation is undoubtedly its protagonist. First-time actor Abraham Attah is achingly poignant as Agu, a boy who loses his family to the violence of a rising war, and is then forced to join a captivating Commandant (Elba) and his battalion of child soldiers. In a story that takes place “somewhere” in war-torn Africa during a conflict that goes unnamed, Agu’s struggle to endure confronts us with a very specific emotional truth that is positively riveting– earning Attah the Marcello Mastroianni Award at the Venice Film Festival and the Breakthrough Performance Award from The National Board of Review. Due to it’s unique distribution deal with Netflix, some of the biggest theater chains across the U.S. opted to boycott Beasts of No Nation. So, many theater-goers never had a chance to enjoy it on the big screen. But have no fear; it’s still available to stream on Netflix. — Zayre Ferrer, Review Aggregator
A drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country.
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From the end of World War II in 1945 until the revolutions of the 1980s, Europe was divided between two political blocs; east and west. The border was figuratively called the Iron Curtain, and is to some extent visible today, through former military and border security installations across the continent.
While the war and necessity had bound the Soviet Union, the United States, the United Kingdom and later free France into an uneasy alliance, the lack of a common enemy after the war and different ideologies triggered a break between the Soviet Union on one side and the “Western allies” on the other. This break not only affected the politics between those countries, but also the treatment of the defeated axis members and some neutral countries who had held sympathy for either side. While all four allies initially agreed to try the main war criminals in Nuremberg and “jointly” administer occupied Germany and Austria, the facade of a joint administration began crumbling as early as 1948, when Stalin decided to blockade West Berlin and the British and Americans organized an airlift to break the blockade. Eventually, the former Axis nations would be absorbed into the Western bloc and NATO (West Germany, Italy, Japan) or the Warsaw pact (East Germany, Hungary, Romania, etc). Continue reading
The Open Publication Distribution System (OPDS) is an application of the Atom Syndication Format intended to enable content creators and distributors to distribute digital books via a simple catalog format. This format is designed to work interchangeably across multiple desktop and device software programs. Continue reading