The Mercy of the Jungle

The Mercy of the Jungle (2018)
Long Fiction - 90' - En distribution

Written by Joel KarekeziCasey Schroen et Aurélien Bodinaux

Directed by Joel Karekezi

In the Kivu jungle in Congo, Sergeant Xavier, a Rwandese hero of war, and the young and unexperimented private Faustin are in enemy territory where they wage a blurry war.

When the two men lose their battalion, they are left alone without resources, lost in the inextricable Congolese jungle, known to be the widest, thickest and most dangerous in the continent. Caught between the raging fights where the enemies aren’t differentiated from the allies, they have no choice but to push deeper into the green hell. Searching for water, food and a way out, they are exposed to an omnipresent hostility. Alone, they must face their own demons.

Film about a war with an antimilitarist aim, The Mercy of the Jungle shows the open wounds left by the fights and questions the place of humanity in armed conflicts.

Credits: 

Directed by Joel Karekezi

Screenplay by Casey Schroen, Joel Karekezi 

Story by Casey Schroen, Joel Karekezi and Aurélien Bodinaux

Produced by Aurelien Bodinaux - Neon Rouge (Be)
Coproduced by Oualid Baha - Tact Production (Fr)

Distribution France Urban Distribution
International Sales Urban Distribution Intl

Associate Producers Casey SchroenAlex Moussa SawadogoJoel Karekezi - Karekezi Film Production

With Marc Zinga
With Stéphane Bak
With Ibrahim Ahmed "Pino"
With Nirere Shanel
With Abby Mukiibi
With Michael Wawuyo
With Joel Prynce Atiku Okuyo
With Kantarama Gahigiri
With River Dan Rugaju
With Ronald Ssemaganda 

Produced with the support of Eurimages, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Aide aux Cinémas du Monde - Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée - Institut Français, Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, Fonds Image de la Francophonie, Coopération Belge au Développement - DGD, Berlinale World Cinema Fund, Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral Belge

In coproduction with TV5MONDEVoo et BetvCanal + International

In association with Take Five

Development Aid Institut FrançaisLa Fabrique Cinéma de l'Institut Français

Developed with AfrikameraAtelier Grand NordDurban Film MartDurban International Film Festival, Forum de Production de NamurLocarno Open DoorsLuxor African Film Festival, Maisha Film Lab, Rencontres de Coproduction Francophone.

Line Producer Oualid Baha
Production Managers Oualid BahaMichael Wawuyo
Unit Production Manager  Kantarama Gahigiri
Production Administrator  Laurent Louis-De Wandeleer
Production Coordinator  Rhian Vialva

1st AD Kantarama Gahigiri
2nd Assistant Director  Patience Asaba Katushabe
2nd 2nd Assistant Director  Davidson Mugume
Script Supervisor  Ednah Nakakembo

Director of Photography Joachim Philippe 
1st Assistant Camera Brice Dejardin
2nd Assistant Camera Emmanuel Gashumba
DIT Antoine Donnet
Gaffer Emmanuel Gashumba
Key Grip Kenneth Ssentamu
Electrician Abdul Ssejombwe
Spark Electrician Emmanuel Nsubuga
Best Boy Kalyango Med
Generator Operator Michael Mujimba

Sound Benoît de Clerck
Boom Operator Cedrick Mbongo Mbulu

Production Designer Geneviève Leyh
Set Designer & Set Dresser Apollo Asea
Assistant Set Dressers Humphrey Asea, Ronald Mutike 
Property Master Oscar Ssenyonga
Assistants to Property Master Michael Wawuyo Jr., Oscar Kivumbi 

Location Manager Michael Wawuyo
Assistant Location Manager  Maureen Jolly Nankya

Hair, Makeup, Costume Designer Shakira Kibirige
Key Hairstylist Shakira Kibirige
Key Makeup Artist Shakira Kibirige
Makeup Artist Nadeen Mateky
Special Effects Makeup Artist Shakira Kibirige
1st Assistant Makeup Artist Daphine Kateregga
2nd Assistant Makeup Artist Rose Kebirungi
Key Costumer Shakira Kibirige
Set Costumer Rose Kebirungi
Assistant Set Costumer Henry Nsekero Mazinga
Costume Buyer Nankya Sarah Sorea
Tailor Brenda Namwesezi
Soldier Uniforms Andrew Afande Kiyegga 

Casting Director Kadija Leclere
Casting Extras Sharon Gayita
Extras Casting Coordinators Igongo Assad, Joseph Talemwa, Simeon Nuwaagba 

Rain Effects Michael WawuyoMichael Wawuyo Jr.
Gunshots Nickson
Stunts Coordinator Michael Wawuyo

Videographer, 'the Making of' Ali Musoke
Behind the Scenes Photographer Cindy Sechet
Editor, 'the Making of' Ali Musoke

Transportation Captain Kigongo Moses
Drivers Joshua AgabaHussein Nagembe Ridger, Oketcho Lastone, Ibrahim Namugera, Abdul Kigundu, Achileo Sserugunda, Moses Olwenyi 

Security Mutete Wilberforce, Farouk MasindeRamathan Mpanguzi, Gad KanyangyeyoAlbert Marahi

Editor Antoine Donnet
Post Production Coordination and Planning Leslie FoubertKristof Thues
Online Editor VFX  Niels Christensen
Mastering  Robin Van Den Acker
Compositor  Kenneth Dingens
Colour Grading  Tom Mulder
Main Titles  Robin Van Den Acker

Music Composer Line Adam
Music Engineer Colin Burton
Singer, Songwriter Nirere Shanel
Musicians Line Adam, Hugo Pasqualini, Gauthier Lisein, Pascal Chardome, Hugo Adam

Technical Details: 

Genre Feature length, Fiction
Languages French, Swahili
Subtitles French, Dutch, English, Swahili
Format 2.39
Sound 5.1 Dolby Surround
Shot on Alexa Mini

Photos from the film:
Festivals: 

(tiff) Toronto International Film Festival (Toronto, Canada - 09/2018)

FIFF Namur (Namur, Belgium - 10/2018)
Nomination: Official Competition; The Cinevox Prize, The Critics Prize; The Junior Jury's Prize

Milano Film Festival (Milan, Italy - 10/2018)

54th Chicago International Film Festival (Chicago, USA - 10/2018)
Silver Hugo Award, New Directors Competition

Carthage Film Festival (Carthage, Tunisia - 10/2018)
Nomination: Official Competition Narrative Feature Films