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Film Africa 2015 - Mercy Mercy : A True Portrait of Adoption

Director Katrine Riis Kjær

Tuesday 3rd November 2015

Khalili Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, London WC1H 0XG.

6:30pm - 8:30pm, Tickets free. Tickets can be booked from the Eventbrite website.

Mercy Mercy
Category: Documentary

Fraught, powerful, disturbing, and ceaselessly thought-provoking, Mercy Mercy is one of the most controversial films in the Film Africa programme. It follows all the participants in the process of the adoption of two children from Ethiopia to Denmark over four years, including the parents who give up their children. Kjær's film offers no easy conclusion to the plight of the children, who appear to be the last priority in the lives of the adults that surround them and whose attitude to the children's wellbeing is problematic throughout.

Screening in partnership with the Centre of African Studies. Followed by a panel discussion looking at the ethics and morality of documentary filmmaking when recording true stories, in this case the realities of modern-day adoption.

Director: Katrine Riis Kjær.
Country: Denmark
Year: 2012
Running time: 90min
Language: Danish with English subtitles.


More information about the festival can be found on the Film Africa 2015 website.




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