Feuerherz (Heart of Fire)
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Abandoned by her mother and left to fend for herself as her country attempts to assert its independence from Ethiopia, a young Eritrean girl rails against injustice before re-connecting with the father she never knew, and ultimately being trained to fight in one of Eritrea's liberation armies. Awet was born in the late 1970s, and as the calendar turns to a new decade her country descends into chaos as the citizens struggle to break free from Ethiopia. When her mother disappears, Awet is placed in a Cathoic orphanage in Asmara. It is during her time in the orphanage that Awet begins to… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The pint-sized heroine's defiant adherence to humanitarian values renders her more a stand-in for arthouse viewers' right-on worldview than a real child in a specific dramatic situation."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"The story, taken from a memoir by Senait Mehari, has come in for considerable criticism as to accuracy... but Falorni's film certainly feels utterly plausibile."
‑ Andrew Pulver, Guardian
"While unsubtle, this German-Austrian drama about the use of child soldiers is worth seeing for a remarkable performance by its 10-year-old lead actress."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Offering nothing more probing than a child's eye view of this "fanatical, fratricidal war", it depresses where it should devastate; an honorable effort that ultimately fails to ignite."
‑ Matt Glasby, Total Film
"Letekidan Micael sets the screen alight in this alarming and memorable story of a child soldier."
‑ Stella Papamichael, Film4
"A beautifully shot, emotionally engaging drama that delivers a powerful message."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
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