Netflix Begins Its Feature Film Initiative with Beasts Of No Nation

Beasts Of No Nation, based on the novel by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala, will be released on Netflix in all territories on October 16th as part of the streaming service’s feature film initiative to release theatrical-quality films.

The film stars Idris Elba and is directed by True Detective‘s Cary Fukunaga.

The film has been tipped for Oscars glory in 2016 and the streaming service is said to be positioning it as a major awards contender.

413177In this stunning debut novel, Agu, a young boy in an unnamed West African nation, is recruited into a unit of guerrilla fighters as civil war engulfs his country. Haunted by his father’s own death at the hands of militants, Agu is vulnerable to the dangerous yet paternal nature of his new commander. While the war rages on, Agu becomes increasingly divorced from the life he had known before the conflict started—a life of school friends, church services, and time with his family still intact.

In a powerful, strikingly original voice that vividly captures Agu’s youth and confusion, Uzodinma Iweala has produced a harrowing, inventive, and deeply affecting novel.

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