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Arts and Entertainment quick fix: Meet Abraham Attah, the Breakout Star of ‘Beasts of No Nation’

October 16, 2015

 

 

 Abraham Attah

 

Source: WSJ

 

Fifteen-year-old Abraham Attah is making his feature-film debut this Friday in Cary Fukunaga’s new movie for Netflix, “ Beasts of No Nation.” And there are no plans to watch it with his parents.

 

“Sometimes it’s too tough for me to watch,” he said in an interview at the Wall Street Journal office in New York. “They’ll see it but I don’t want to be there.”

 

It’s easy to understand why. In the movie, Attah plays Agu, an African boy who is recruited as a child soldier for a gang of rebels led by a charismatic and gruff leader called Commandant (Idris Elba). The choice for Agu is simple: Become a soldier and live, or be killed by his captors. Moments later, Agu is seen donning a rifle and helping the gang pillage villages in gruesome fashion.