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The Eagle's Nest

During a night of debauchery, best friends Paris and Samantha discover 5 million. Later, a thief breaks into Paris’s house, kills her mother, her sister and leaves her for dead. When she recovers, and with the help of Samantha, Paris sets off on a quest to find answers. What begins as a search for the truth quickly turns into violence and disturbing revelations. In a world of lies, deceit and betrayal will they be able to uncover the identity of the murderer?

  • Olivier Assoua
    Director
  • Olivier Assoua
    Writer
  • Magno Assoua Adeline
    Writer
  • Olivier Assoua
    Producer
  • Sybile Aline Njoke
    Producer
  • Adeline Magno Assoua
    Producer
  • Felicity Asseh
    Key Cast
    "Samantha Penne"
  • Claude S Mbida Nkou
    Key Cast
    "Paris Ewane"
  • Richard Essame
    Key Cast
    "Obama"
  • Axel Abessolo
    Key Cast
    "Otam"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    La Vallée des Aigles
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 30 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 29, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    7,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    Cameroon
  • Language:
    French
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 25 fps
  • Aspect Ratio:
    HD 1920x1080
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Distribution Information
  • Indie Rights
    Distributor
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights, Internet, Video on Demand, Pay Per View, Hotel, Airline, Ship, Video / Disc, Free TV, Paid TV, Console / Handheld Device
Director Biography - Olivier Assoua

Olivier Assoua is a Cameroonian-born British filmmaker based in the southwest of England. In 2020, he wrote, produced, directed, and edited "The Eagle's Nest", a self-financed independent feature film set in Africa on the issue of immigration. He was able to work brilliantly with young local talent, unemployed graduates, and a community of women victims of rape in Libya to bring this story to life. He also used a dynamic combination of French dialogue, on-screen black characters, and British rock music, all deliberately designed to bridge the gap between the two worlds. The film has been screened at festivals around the world and has received awards and nominations.

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Director Statement

The Eagle's Nest is a feature film about immigration and poverty in Africa. The plot follows two close friends, Paris and Samantha, both born into poor families in rural Africa. Paris dreams of a better life in Europe, while Samantha wants to improve her country home. The choice they make pits them against each other and forms the emotional center of the film. Much of the film takes place in a single village in rural Cameroon, allowing the viewer to experience the claustrophobia of Paris and Samantha's lives and to witness frequent acts of patriarchal violence.

The Eagle's Nest is also a world where everyone is both hunter and hunted. A society where those in power and the elites have failed to meet the basic human needs of the population. Now, desperate to escape poverty, humans feed off each other emotionally, physically and socially, creating an Eagle's Nest, a place where "man is a wolf to man": Homo homini lupus. Hence the title of the film, La Vallée des Aigles in French or The Eagle's Nest in this context.

The film project is an independent, self-financed, low-budget feature film that was created with the ambition to present to a global audience the psychological and emotional wounds of Africans' desperate attempts to leave the continent. My ambition was to shed light on the roots of immigration and to offer the audience a different way of thinking, especially by questioning their view of themselves.
I also made this film to give young people in Africa a unique opportunity to learn new skills.