Daddy and the Warlord


Scotiabank Theatre 3 Tue, Apr 30, 2019 5:15 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 8 Wed, May 1, 2019 3:00 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Netherlands
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Making Believe
Film Subjects:Africa
Crime & Justice
Personal Histories
Politics & Political Intrigue
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Shamira Raphaëla
Clarice Gargard (co-director)
Producer(s):Bram Bax
Mylène Esmeijer
Executive Producer(s):Monique Busman
Michiel van Erp
Editor(s):Paul de Heer
Writer(s):Shamira Raphaëla
Clarice Gargard
Cinematography:Jefrim Rothuizen
Composer:Jeroen Goeijers
Sound:Diego van Uden


What if your dad wasn't the hero you always imagined? Clarice Gargard grew up with an idealized image of her father, but unresolved questions about his past now haunt her. Why did he collaborate with three corrupt government leaders in Liberia and with the infamous war criminal Charles Taylor? Did his job in communications imply spying and propaganda? Was he trying to help his country or was he simply after power, money and social status? Together with director Shamira Raphaëla, Gargard travels to postwar Liberia to uncover the truth about his activities. Interrogating her father and his former colleagues, she realizes the few answers she gets only make reality more elusive. With stylized mise-en-scène and light games that reflect the multifaceted narrative, this captivating quest by a daughter to understand her parentage tells the sadly common story of faded ideals in time of war. Charlotte Selb

Included Shorts

My Father's Son (32min) More