a film by Katharina Von Schroeder, Florian Schewe


2014 | 93:00 min

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93 min. or 58 min. | HD | DCP | DigiBeta | DVD | Blu-ray | original Englisch/Arabic/Dinka version with English subtitles
The documentary film WE WERE REBELS tells the story of Agel, a former child soldier who returns to South Sudan to help build up his country. The film accompanies him over a period of two years – from South Sudan gaining its independence in 2011 to the renewed outbreak of civil war in December 2013. As captain of the national basketball team of South Sudan – the youngest country in the world – Agel coaches the team through their very first international match against Uganda. The conflicts within the team bear a striking resemblance to the political problems festering across the country. An injury ends up forcing Agel to leave the basketball team, and he goes on to form an NGO that provides the country’s most remote areas with clean drinking water. His journeys give him time to reflect on his country – on how it was, how it is, and how he hopes it will be one day.
As a child soldier, Agel had to kill and also lost almost all of his male relatives. Later he managed to flee via Kenya to Australia, where he became a professional basketball player and returned to South Sudan as a free man. Today, just two years after gaining its independence, the world’s youngest nation is once again teetering on the edge of a precipice: More than half a million people are fleeing the country, and Agel is fighting as a soldier once again.
Grimme-Preis 2015
Nominiert für den Deutschen Dokumentarfilmpreis 2015
Brooklyn International Film Festival, USA, 2015, BEST DOCUMENTARY
FIFDH - Festival International du film des droits de l'homme de Paris, 2016 - Main Award of the Jury

Internationales Dokumentarfilmfestival München, DOK.panorama, Deutsche Premiere, Deutschland 2014
as well as 2018 DOK.special
Rwanda Film Festival, Kigali, Ruanda 2014
Ecrans Noirs, Yaoundé, Kamerun 2014
iREP Monthly Documentary Film Screening, Lagos, Nigeria, August 2014
Montreal World Film Festival, Kanada, 2014
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, 2014
Escales Documentaires de Libreville, Libreville, Gabon, 2014
DocPoint, Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, 2015
Nashville Film Festival, USA, 2015
Days of European Film, Prag, Tschechien, 2015
Input TV - television in the public interest, Tokyo, Japan, 2015
Brooklyn International Film Festival, USA, 2015
Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Nairobi, Kenia, 2015
Films from the South Festival, Oslo, Norwegen, 2015
Budapest International Documentary Festival, Ungarn, 2015
Sole Luna Treviso Doc Film Festival, Italien, International Competition, 2015
Ciné Droit Libre, Abidjan, Elfenbeinküste, 2015
FIFDH - Festival International du film des droits de l'homme de Paris, Frankreich, 2016

Cast and Crew
  • Director Katharina Von Schroeder (kvschroeder), Florian Schewe
  • Producer Michael Bogár
  • Sound Design Thomas Wallmann
  • Score Jan Cziharz (jansen)
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