The story of a war correspondent nicknamed Donga is played out against Libyan historical events from the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 to today.

Donga grew up under a dictatorship in Misrata, Libya. When he was only 19, he and a friend set out to the front line in his father’s car; instead of a weapon, Donga carried a camera. After the fall of Gaddafi’s regime, documenting the revolutionary changes in his country became Donga’s purpose in life. Over the next decade, the naïve teenager who initially enjoyed the wartime adrenalin became a hardened professional. His enthusiasm faded as quickly as his hopes for peace and a better life in Libya. Not even 30, Donga is seriously injured and retires to the safety of an Istanbul hotel. He looks though his footage from the Arab Spring, the fight against the so-called Islamic State and the Libyan civil wars. Although these are all tragic events, there is still room in his mind for humour and pleasant memories.

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About the film

Original Title
Original LanguageArabic
Subtitles Czech, English
PremiéraCzech premiere
Film typeFull-length documentary
Year of Production2023
Country of OriginLibya
Length90 min.
Director Muhannad Lamin