Film Review: Liberia – An Uncivil War


Liberia-an-uncivil-warIn the summer of 2008, I first saw this powerful documentary about the Liberian Civil War and I knew I would never be the same. It was confirmation to me that loving Liberia would be something I would be doing for years to come. If someone wants to begin to comprehend what Liberia has been through and why it has such a long way to go, be sure to rent this unforgettable film.


“In the summer of 2003, Liberia, America’s oldest African ally, is in total chaos. Stunning in its access and images, Liberia: An Uncivil War offers a compelling behind-the-scenes account of the internecine military conflict that destroyed the nation.

The film splits its time between the regime of the corrupt President Charles Taylor and his supporters in the capital city of Monrovia and the rebel Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) as the rebels advance on the capital after taking control of much of the country with their army of predominantly teenage soldiers, some of whom engage in ritualistic cannibalism because they believe it will protect them against their enemies.

Charles-Taylor22There is no protection for the tens of thousands of innocent civilians caught in the escalating conflict–just pleas and prayers for an intervention from the United States–an intervention that would not come. In Liberia: An Uncivil War, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Jonathan Stack has crafted an unforgettable tableau about a country and people on the verge of implosion.”

To rent this film from ITunes click here

 Pictured to the right is the cruel dictator who ruled throughout the Liberian civil war, Charles Taylor.

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