“Agu, you are going to kill this man,” says the commandant of a battalion of rebel mercenaries (played by Idris Elba). And this is not the first instance of violence seen by Agu (Abraham Attah), a young boy forced to become a child soldier after losing his parents and siblings in the bloody strife of civil war in an undisclosed African country in Beasts of No Nation, which premieres this month on Netflix and in select theaters. Beasts is written and directed by True Detective‘s Cary Fukunaga, adapted from the 2005 novel by Uzodinma Iweala, and narrated by Attah, in his debut role. The result is a devastating and urgent depiction of the harrowing fate of children at war.
BEASTS OF NO NATION OPENS IN SELECT THEATERS AND WILL BE AVAILABLE ON NETFLIX FROM OCTOBER 16.