Beasts of No Nation

Synopsis: Follows the journey of a young boy, Agu, who is forced to join a group of soldiers in a fictional West African country. While Agu fears his commander and many of the men around him, his fledgling childhood has been brutally shattered by the war raging through his country, and he is at first torn between conflicting revulsion and fascination Depicts the mechanics of war and does not shy away from explicit, visceral detail, and paints a complex, difficult picture of Agu as a child soldier.
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): Cary Joji Fukunaga
Production: Netflix
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 33 wins & 53 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
137 min

It is starting like this.

Let's keep looking.

They aren't good enough.

Let's take that girl.

Which one?

That girl. Zoey. Let's take her.

Ah... No.

What about that one?



Our country is at war

and we are having no more school.

So we are having to be finding ways

to be keeping busy.

And what am I gonna do with this, Agu?

It's a TV. I'm selling it.

This dirty thing with no screen?

Let's go!

Soap opera.

Be quick!

Please, I love you.

- Please, I love you.

- I don't love you.

But why?

- But why?

- Because you're not handsome. Go!

Oh, please, I beg.

- Oh, please, I beg.

- Don't follow me. Go!

I am having the ideas.

- Go!

- And Dike is having the talent.

Dance! Dance! Dance!

Kung fu! Kung fu!

Kung fu! Kung fu!



It's garbage.

All of you go away!

It's an imagination TV!

How can you say it's garbage?

It's garbage, Agu.

Don't worry, let's go.

We are living in a buffer zone.

My father is saying,

"Outside, people are suffering,

"but here we are safe."

That is why so many refugees

are coming here small-small.

Master, master,

please, will you buy this TV?

How am I supposed to watch this?

This is imagination TV.

The Nigerians are keeping the peace.

It is imagination TV.

They are always buying things,

so they are easy to be selling to.


Okay. How much for this treasure?

Three thousand.

Huh? Three thousand. Too much!

Thousand five.

Thousand five no good.

Two thousand. Two thousand.

- Two thousand. Two thousand.

- Two thou.

Oh, no, no, no, no.

Thousand five.

Some food, some food.

- Some food, some food.

- Bring out some of your food and take it.

Uche, bring the foods and come.

Here, take. Go!

I am a good boy from a good family.

My mother is always working hard for us.

Taste this.

Thank you.

It's good.

"B is for butterfly.

"Sara, small..."


- "Soaring."

- "Soaring overhead."

Nice idea.

My father was a teacher.

Clap for him!

That's good.

And another one!

That's good.


Where do lions live?

In the zoo.

Shame him.


Who can tell me where lions live?

I like my father more

now that he's not my teacher.

Since the war, he is a busy man.

He is using some of our land

so that the refugees

can be making a new village.

What we need now is medicine.

Big brother.

He is more concerned

with his muscles and his hair.

Sometimes I am adding to his soaps.

Stop that!

When I get a hold of you...

Leave me alone!

You have no respect!

I was trying to make it warmer for you!

Leave me alone!

You're lucky I don't sh*t on you.

I'm gonna fart on your face.

Big brother is also

concerned with sleeping.

I want to sleep

with this girl before the war gets here.

I am not liking his music.

Let me go!

I didn't do anything to deserve this!

I am not liking his dancing.

And how can that girl be sleeping

if he is making so much noise?

Let me go! I don't like this!

Treat your neighbor as your brother.

And treat the market vendor...

as your mother or older sister.

My mother is always saying,

"If you do not know what to be doing,

"you can always be

asking God for the answer."

Say Amen!


Say it louder!


Choir, give us a song

and then we'll continue.

God is liking music

more than just talking.

So if you are singing and dancing,

then he will be listening to us well-well.

Cut that branch.

I'll fall.

Just hold on tight and cut it.

No way.

Then cut that one instead.

Have your lazy friend do it.

He's the driver. Cut that one.

You're too small, you'll fall!

- Shut up!

- You shut up!

- Go home!

- You go home!


Cut it.

He wants me to fall.

If I was a taxi driver,

I'd drive around it.

Get ready!

What is this?

We've been working all day.

Give us some money for our work.

Why did you block the road?

We are trying to fix it.

Get out of here!

But we need to eat!

Take this.

I don't want your chicken.

Why are children so disrespectful?



Curse be upon you.

Curse yourself,

standing in the middle of the road.

I know you very well!

I know your whole family!

You're thieves!

You stole my land!

Me, an old woman!

Do you want this chicken?

The devil will bless you one by one!


The lights are on, but nobody is home.

We saw that witch woman today.

She said we were thieves.

Why would she say that?

That woman...

she's confused.

God has taken her mind.

Slow down.

The land we gave to the refugees...

has been in our family

since before your grandfather.

I gave her a place, but she refused.

So she's crazy?


What is this?

Who did this to my TV?

What is this?

Agu! Agu!

If I acted like you when I was your age,

Dad would've beaten me.

You're lucky there's a war.

It's not luck, everybody loves me.

Like who?

There she is.

She's looking at you!



She looked away.

Do you think she likes me?

My eyes are not good.

So you couldn't tell?

You don't know what's up.

When she sees these muscles,

she'll fall in love with me.

It would seem things are changing quickly

within the interim government.

As of this morning, the NRC junta

moved to abolish all political parties,

further consolidating

their control of the government

in the wake of

the recent military coup.

Lieutenant General Sangania,

commander-in-chief of the armed forces

responsible for the junta,

stated in a recent press conference

that it was his intention

to rid the southern regions of the PLF,

who he accused of being financed

and supported by foreign institutions.

He also condemned

the Native Defense Force militias,

who he said presented a threat

to the very fabric of national security.

Sangania went on to promise

that the junta would accomplish

what the previous regime had failed to do.

Speculation on the collaboration between

the armed forces and the PLF rebels...

The NRC broke the agreement.

They've entered the buffer zone.

Now they want us to run away

and leave our town.

We cannot do that.


This land is ours.

Our ancestors have lived here,

taken care of it, and left it for us.

It's our duty to protect it...

and leave it for our children.

So we should send

the women and little children away...

under the protection of ECOMOD.

Where's Dike?

And we who call ourselves men

will stay and protect our town.

Who is going to take care of the property

we are leaving behind?

Dad, where's Dike?

They fled!

Let me go, it's my duty.

We will be crushed between

the rebels and the army! It is so bad!

We've already decided

what to do with the children.

They will go with you.

He is old. We can't take him anywhere.

You aren't listening to what I'm saying.

Go to your sister in the city, I'll meet

you once everything is okay here.

I can't abandon my responsibilities.

But you are!

Don't think like that.

You want me to be a refugee

in my own country?

With three small children and no husband?

We are a family.

We should stay together.

I'm not asking you, I'm telling you.

There are bigger issues to take care of...

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