Ezra | 2008
Ezra, a 16-year-old former child soldier who spent ten years living and fighting with a rebel faction, is questioned before a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the wake of Sierra Leone's civil war. The commissions, based on the idea of transitional justice and modeled on the one in South Africa, were meant to be not punitive but restorative, therapeutic for those whose human rights have been violated but also for the violators themselves. Ezra is in deep denial and clearly suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Only once Ezra admits his crimes, realizes how he came to commit them and repents for the suffering he has caused, will he be ready to rejoin society and make peace with himself.