Here’s a new trailer (above) for Netflix’s child soldier drama Beasts Of No Nation which is hitting the trio of fall film festivals. The Cary Fukunaga-helmed pic debuted in competition here in Venice on Thursday and has received very positive reviews. Idris Elba stars with newcomer Abraham Attah in the story that’s based on the book by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala. In the film, a boy named Agu is torn from his family to fight in the civil war of an unnamed African country.
Elba’s warlord Commandant is seen in the trailer as he recruits Agu and sets himself up as a father figure for the boy. Fukunaga wrote the script. Speaking yesterday about the plight of child soldiers, he said it’s an issue that is difficult to eradicate. “Child soldiers is a tough one because there’s no one policy that can just end it. Movies do have the power to create awareness and positive change… But this kind of warfare is its own sort of industry… As soon as there is a rebellion, the government doesn’t have control of laws.”
Beasts Of No Nation will be available on Netflix from October 16 and in Landmark theaters in the U.S.