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Small Country: An African Childhood / Petit Pays

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Brand new French language film set against the backdrop of the Rwandan conflict.


Gabriel is a happy young boy living in Burundi during the 1990s with his French father, Rwandan mother, and his younger sister. They live a relatively sheltered and privileged life, until his world is turned upside down as violence and unrest spills over from neighbouring Rwanda.


This powerful tale, based on a true story and adapted from the best-selling original novel, explores themes of ethnic tensions and identity through the eyes of young boy, of both French and Rwandan heritage, just struggling to make sense of it all.  


Contains scenes of a violent nature. 


A study guide from the French Cultural Service is available to download from ifi.ie/studyguides.




  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    111 minutes
  • Country
    France, Belgium
  • Rating
    IFI Age Recommendation 15+
  • Director
    Eric Barbier