My Heart of Darkness

a film by Marius van Niekerk, Staffan Julén

My Heart of Darkness

Sweden | Germany | 2010 | 90:00 min

Formal Categories

War / Peace Politics Social Issue

Content Categories

90min or 43min | HD | English or German version available
In higher political circles, debate still continues on the issue of who won the Angolan Civil War (1975-2002), the Cold War's final theater of conflict. It began as a struggle for independence and developed into a drawn-out civil war. But the victims of the conflict know the truth: nobody won. And so do the soldiers who created the victims, as this gripping personal documentary testifies. The film revolves around Marius van Niekerk, who initiated the project, co-directed with Staffan Julén, and provides the voice-over. At the start of the film, this Swedish-South African veteran explains how the gnawing memories of his deeds during the Angolan War caused him to lose everything: his self-respect, his land, his reason, his innocence and his wife. Now he leads three fellow veterans on a journey along the river Kwando. Like him, Patrick, Mario and Sammy are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Thirty years ago, they fought on opposing sides of the conflict and now they are traveling together to the village of Cuito-Cuanavale, where their battle took place. "We are all here for the same reason, driven by the need to understand. To set off on a frightening journey into the darkest of our hearts."
Cast and Crew
  • Director Marius van Niekerk, Staffan Julén
  • Producer Christian Beetz
  • Screenwriter Marius van Niekerk, Staffan Julén
  • Director of Photography Peter Östlund
  • Editor Clas Lindberg
Original Languages


Co-Production Company
Gebrüder Beetz Media GmbH
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