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South Sudan, the most recent country on the map, has been in an almost constant state of war since it became independent. After being forced into exile in 2005, Akuol de Mabior returns to her country armed with her camera to follow her mother, Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior, otherwise known as the ‘Mother of South Sudan’, as she follows in her husband’s footsteps to become the country’s Vice President. In the feature-length documentary NO SIMPLE WAY HOME, the director traces the political history of her country through her family’s history and questions her identity and role as a South Sudanese woman.


In cooperation with DW Akademie, Friedensbildungswerk Köln, Katholisches Bildungswerk


NO SIMPLE WAY HOME Direction: Akuol de Mabior, DCP, OmeU, 75 min


Akuol de Mabior

Akuol de Mabior is South Sudanese and was born in Cuba in 1989, now residing in Nairobi, Kenya. She has directed several short films that have all been screened at international festivals and in museums, including the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town, at the Durban International Film Festival in South Africa, and at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, USA. Akuol de Mabior believes that African women’s perspectives are significantly underrepresented and underestimated. She uses her films to tell stories that appeal to a broad, international audience. She is showing NO SIMPLE WAY HOME, her first feature-length documentary, in Cologne. (This film was created as part of GENERATION AFRICA, a joint project of the South African NGO STEPS and the DW Akademie (Bonn)).