(Black Man Talking Pt.2)

Before I give my movie review I am calling upon the art community. I am seeking legitimate local artist and national artist in the area of Poets, Performing Artist, Musicians, Actors, Actresses, Singers, Models, and Film Directors/Producers who will work with me in turning my revised book “The Solution For Black America: Reclaiming, Rebuilding, And Restoring The Urban Ghettos In America” second edition into a motion picture. It’s my hope that my future film would become a block buster to attract Angel Investors, Donors, Philanthropist, Sponsors, and Social Entrepreneurs in America and abroad so that I can eventually  move my virtual organization the Grass Roots Community Activist Movement from behind a computer screen. Native Africans and African Americans need to learn to patronize each others businesses and art works before we start talking about black unity.

Last night I watched an awesome film on Netflix called Beasts of No Nation. This is one of the best African films I’ve seen since Catch a Fire, Cry Freedom, and Sarafina. Beasts of No Nation is Based on the 2005 novel by Uzodinma Iweala and set in an unnamed African country, Beasts of No Nation tells the story of Agu (Abraham Attah), a young boy who gets separated from his family when army troops invade his village and kill everyone in sight. Fleeing to the wilderness, Agu encounters a group of rebel mercenaries led by a fearsome Commandant (Idris Elba) and is immediately recruited by them. There he undergoes dangerous initiation rituals and rigorous training, but also finds a kindred spirit in Strika (Emmanuel Nii Adom), another young recruit.

Beasts of No Nation, directed by True Detective’s Cary Joji Fukunaga, is not for the faint of heart. Agu plight is painfully real in similar parts of the world. Knowing that, it can be hard to stomach Agu’s transition into becoming a killer especially when boys his age shouldn’t even have to think about things like that. But this is a coming-of-age story grounded in harsh truths, and newcomer Abraham Attah skillfully captures his character’s awful transformation. Luckily, Agu has his buddy Strika to lean on in times of strife, but even that relationship is fragile in war.

Idris Elba, charismatic as the Commander inspire his followers believe what ever he says. As he moves his troops from site to site, it becomes clear that he has insecurities about their never ending rebellion. This story is not just about the children who fight, but also the grown men who leads them to battle. As brutal as Beasts of No Nation is, the set-pieces are exhilarating and, at the same time  beautiful. The film also has moments of true artistry, thanks to Fukunaga’s inspired cinematography. The most striking image comes late in the film when Agu trudges through a muddy, labyrinthian trench and passes by numerous dead bodies without a second glance. It’s a nonessential moment in the story, but it perfectly illustrates Agu’s desensitization to violence.

That said, Beasts of No Nation accomplishes what it sets out to do; it exposes the horrors of children fighting in war, and it asks the tough questions that surround that issue, and it does so in a compelling way. Beasts of No Nation is extremely effective in depicting one boy’s harrowing journey into the heart of war. While Agu’s account is fictitious, his character’s loss of innocence is entirely real for hundreds of thousands of children across the globe. Tapping into that grim reality can be hard to watch, particularly for Agu. However, you can’t deny the talent that’s on display from newcomer Abraham Attah, as well as Idris Elba. Beasts of No Nation is worth watching for its strong performances and uncompromising direction. It’s my intention to start my private school the Grass Roots Community Activist Institute school of Arts and Entertainment could become
a safe place for inner city youth, who play games and enjoy the comfort and safety of the organization.

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