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No Simple Way Home

Directed by Akuol de Mabior
South Sudan, Kenya
81 minutes
All Ages
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A family returns home to South Sudan to help forge a young nation’s future in this personal and perceptive documentary from debut filmmaker Akuol de Mabior.
The history of de Mabior’s family is closely tied to the history of South Sudan. Akuol’s father led his country’s liberation movement for over 20 years and is revered as the nation’s founder. He died when Akuol was 16, just three weeks after his inauguration as South Sudan’s vice president. Akuol was raised in exile but returns with her mother and siblings to help rebuild her homeland and support her mother’s political campaign. Finding it hard to settle after so many years away, Akuol uses her camera to survey her new world, recording her mother, Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior, as she shares her hopes for a prosperous and peaceful nation, and ultimately takes on the role of vice president.

No Simple Way Home is one of two films screening in the festival (also African Moot) from the Generation Africa program, a project by a South African non-profit media company (STEPS) that centres on the lived experiences of African youth. 
No Simple Way Home is a gorgeous example of what African filmmakers can accomplish if Westerners would just get out of their way.
Lauren Wissot, Filmmaker Magazine


Thu 16 Jun
State Theatre
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Sun 19 Jun
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 5
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Program Strand
International Documentaries
All Ages
South Sudan, Kenya
In English, Dinka and Arabic with English subtitles
Akuol de Mabior
Sam Soko, Don Edkins, Tiny Mugwe
Emma Nzioka, Akuol de Mabior
Khalid Shamis, Angela Wamai
Australian Premiere
Women Directors, Documentary, Politics & Economics, Africa
Company Credits
Sales Agent: STEPS
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