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No Simple Way Home

1h 25m Documentary, Feature 2022

In East Africa, Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior is known as the mother of South Sudan. The country gained independence in 2011 and has been at war for most of its short history. Rebecca’s greatest fear is that her husband, John Garang, along with millions of South Sudanese people, died in vain. After years in exile, a fragile peace agreement plants the possibility for her to do something about the precarious situation in the country. Meanwhile, Rebecca’s daughter Akuol is struggling to come to terms with what it means to call herself South Sudanese because she was born and raised in exile. She decides to follow her mother from behind the camera and is forced to come to terms with her own fears. At the heart of the film, No Simple Way Home is an intergenerational conversation that charts the struggle to reconcile family and country. Akuol discovers that her mother’s deepest yearning is for her children and the children of her compatriots to lead meaningful lives at home in South Sudan. But what does it mean to call South Sudan home?

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Director

Akuol de Mabior

Producer

Sam Soko

Producer

Don Edkins

Producer

Tiny Mungwe

Countries

South Africa, Kenya