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by Luigi Falorni


Eritrea at the beginning of the 1980s. Awet’s mother left her when she was only a little girl and now she is growing up in an orphanage in Asmara where she is raised in the Catholic faith by Italian nuns. Her sense of justice is in evidence at an early age; as a young girl she is always trying to assert herself and protest against injustice. Several years later, her father – whom she believed lost – takes her away to live with his new family. But Awet is not welcome; her father torments her and finally gives her and her sister to one of Eritrea’s liberation armies. The two girls are brought to a camp where they are to be trained as soldiers. Awet has to get used to a harsh life. Hunger, loneliness and the hard labour at the camp make it a struggle for her to survive. Awet experiences the insanity of war and is confronted with death and fanaticism. Nevertheless, thanks to her ‘heart of fire’, her courage and her conscience, she manages to find a way out of her terrible ordeal.
Based on Senait Mehari's biography "Heart of Fire".

international title: Heart of Fire
original title: Feuerherz
country: Germany, Italy, Austria
sales agent: Beta Cinema
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Luigi Falorni
film run: 92'
release date: DE 29/01/2009, AT 15/05/2009, UK 25/09/2009
screenplay: Luigi Falorni, Gabriele Kister
cast: Letekidan Micael, Solomie Micael, Seble Tilahun, Daniel Seyoum, Mekdes Wegene, Samuel Semere
cinematography by: Judith Kaufmann
film editing: Anja Pohl
art director: Vittoria Sogno
music: Andrea Guerra
producer: Andreas Bareiss, Sven Burgemeister
production: TV-60 Filmproduktion, Senator Film Produktion, RAI Cinema, Aichholzer Filmproduktion, Beta Film Gmbh, ARTE Deutschland, Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF)
backing: MEDIA Programme
distributor: Senator Filmverleih, Metrodome (UK)
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