Feuerherz (Heart of Fire)

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Abandoned by her mother and left to fend for herself as her country attempts to assert its independence from Ethiopia, a young Eritrean girl rails against injustice before re-connecting with the father she never knew, and ultimately being trained to fight in one of Eritrea's liberation armies. Awet was born in the late 1970s, and as the calendar turns to a new decade her country descends into chaos as the citizens struggle to break free from Ethiopia. When her mother disappears, Awet is placed in a Cathoic orphanage in Asmara. It is during her time in the orphanage that Awet begins to first perceive the injustice all around her, and gradually learns to stand up for her beliefs. Years later, Awet is reunited with her father and her sister, but the homecoming is sadly short-lived when dad decides to make some easy money by selling the pair to one of Eritrea's liberation armies. Once at the camp, the girls suffer a harsh life of loneliness and labor as they are trained to become soldiers and forced to contend with death and fanaticism on a daily basis. But in her short life Awet has managed to gain an extraordinary amount of courage, and becomes determined to find her way out of the bleak situation by any means necessary. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Feuerherz (Heart of Fire)

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The pint-sized heroine's defiant adherence to humanitarian values renders her more a stand-in for arthouse viewers' right-on worldview than a real child in a specific dramatic situation.

Sep 25, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The story, taken from a memoir by Senait Mehari, has come in for considerable criticism as to accuracy... but Falorni's film certainly feels utterly plausibile.

Sep 25, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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While unsubtle, this German-Austrian drama about the use of child soldiers is worth seeing for a remarkable performance by its 10-year-old lead actress.

Feb 6, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The film does an age-appropriate job of demonstrating how people always have choices, even in situations where they have no choice.

Aug 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Letekidan Micael sets the screen alight in this alarming and memorable story of a child soldier.

Sep 25, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Offering nothing more probing than a child's eye view of this "fanatical, fratricidal war", it depresses where it should devastate; an honorable effort that ultimately fails to ignite.

Sep 25, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Feuerherz (Heart of Fire)


Extraordinary film about a young girl's transformation into a radical freedom fighter in Eritrea. The lead girl is fantastic, and the film, which takes a close look at the Eritrean struggle for independence and its use of children in its rebel groups, is both disturbing and powerful. This is forceful, by the throat filmmaking.

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