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.