2015 Tutu Fellow Uzodinma Iweala's novel Beasts of No Nation has been adapted for the big screen and released internationally by Netflix. The film was first screened at the Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Marcello Mastroianni Award and then subsequently at the Toronto International Film Festival before being picked up by Netflix and released globally. The story is of the life of a child soldier in a war-torn African country recruited into a unit of guerilla fighers and haunted by the death of his father, shot by militants. Iweala's novel was first published in 2005 and is available on Amazon. The novel received strong reviews from critics.
The film stars Idris Elba as the commander of the unit and Abraham Attah as the young boy. Elba won a SAG award for his performance and the film has won a Cinema for Peace award as well. It has received more than 14 nominations, including a BAFTA and Golden Globe.
The movie was shot at locations in eastern Ghana.