born in battle

‘Born In Battle’, A Short Film by Yangzom Brauen

Around the world, thousands of children as young as 8 are being abducted and recruited as child soldiers by government forces and opposition groups.

They may fight on the front lines, participate in suicide missions, and act as spies, messengers, or lookouts. Girls may be forced into sexual slavery.

‘Born In Battle’ is an upcoming short film from Swiss actor and political activist Yangzom Brauen that bring light to ongoing issue of child exploitation. The film was shot in the US and stars Roland Kilumbu who plays the lead role of Oneka.



“Born in Battle” tells the story of Oneka, a former twelve year old child soldier who has escaped the clutches of his rebel masters. In order to survive his past he escapes into his own fantasy, a world far away from his nightmarish present. The life he seeks fades the tighter he grips. Fantasy twists back to reality and when he stands in front of his parents and sister, he has to make a choice—life, death, and the path that decision will take him.

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