The Mercy of the Jungle

The Mercy of the Jungle (French: La Miséricorde de la Jungle) is a 2018 internationally co-produced film from Rwandan director Joël Karekezi. It tells the story of two Rwandan soldiers separated from their military unit at the beginning of the Second Congo War and their struggle to survive in a hostile jungle environment amidst intense armed conflict.


War-weary Sergeant Xavier (Marc Zinga) and fresh recruit Private Faustin (Bak) are accidentally separated from their Rwandan battalion inside Congolese territory when it is called out suddenly on nighttime raid. They face a lack of water, food, and threats from malarial fever and jungle wildlife. The two seek to reunite with the battalion by heading westward but must remain wary of interacting with the local population given Congolese antipathy to the Rwandan Army and the presence of irregular rebel factions.

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    contentLocation Uganda
    director Joel Karekezi
    editor Antoine Donnet
    keywords faustin haunt lack of water malaria malarial fever personal journey rwandan army
    musicBy Line Adam
    nomination IFFR audience award
    producer Aurélien Bodinaux
    productionCompany Neon Rouge Productions
    theme war