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Scene from "Heart of Fire" (photo © Stefan Rabold/TV60Film)

The Eritrean struggle for independence, 1980. Ten-year-old Awet has the heart of a warrior. Abandoned as a baby, she grows up in the sheltered atmosphere of a Christian monastery in Asmara. But when she returns to her family, her father brings her to a military battle unit. There is nothing she can do to elude her fate as a child soldier. Nevertheless, Awet vows to oppose this ignoble war with all her strength, and to fight against the fate that menaces her.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2008
Director Luigi Falorni
Screenplay Luigi Falorni, Gabriele Kister
Cinematography Judith Kaufmann
Anja Pohl
Andrea Guerra
Vittoria Sogno
Cast Letekidan Micael Elias, Seble Tilahun, Solomie Micael Elias, Daniel Seyoum
Producers Andreas Bareiss, Bernd Burgemeister, Gloria Burkert, Sven Burgemeister
Production Company BurkertBareiss Development/Munich, in co-production with Senator Film Produktion, Aichholzer Film/Vienna, Beta Film, in association with BR, ARTE, Kenya Filmstudios/Nairobi for TV60 Film/Munich
Runtime 92 min
Format 35 mm, color
Dubbed Versions German
Subtitled Versions English, German
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Berlin 2008 (In Competition), Giffoni 2008, Warsaw 2008, Hamptons 2008, Stockholm 2008, BUSTER Copenhagen 2012
Awards Amnesty International Award Giffoni 2008
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, BKM, Eurimages, ORF, OFI Oesterreichisches Filminstitut, MEDIA
German Distributor Senator Film Verleih/Berlin

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