No Simple Way Home

Status: Released

WORLD PREMIERE: Berlin International Film Festival, 2022

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In East Africa, Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior is known as the mother of South Sudan. The country gained independence in 2011 and has been at war for most of its short history. Nyandeng's greatest fear is that her husband, John Garang de Mabior, along with millions of South Sudanese people, died in vain. After years in exile, a fragile peace agreement plants the possibility for her to do something about the precarious situation in the country. Meanwhile, Nyandeng's daughters Akuol and Nyankuir struggle to come to terms with what it means to call themselves South Sudanese because they were born and raised in exile. Akuol decides to follow her mother and sister from behind the camera and is forced to confront her own fears. At the heart of No Simple Way Home is an intergenerational conversation that charts the three women's struggle to reconcile family and country.


International Documentary Award (IDA) - Best Feature Documentary Nominee

Winner - VIKTOR DOK.horizonte at Dok.Fest Munchen


Cinema Du Reel | Cartagena| CPH Dox| San Francisco| HotDocs | Dok.Fest Munchen| Sydney| Sheffield DocFest | Encounters South Africa| Durban | Bergen | IDFA | Cinema Utopia Bordeaux


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Akuol de Mabior

Produced By

Sam Soko


Don Edkins


Tiny Mungwe


Emma Nzioka


Akuol de Mabior

Location Sound

Josephine Obudo


Edward Ahenda


Khalid Shamis


Angela Wamai


Gary Thomas

Sound Design

The WorkRoom

Line Producer

Ruth Munyiri

Production Manager

Ivy Kiru


Joel Elliot

Post Production

Yoav Dagan

Executive Producers

Bramwel Iro


Don Edkins


Sam Soko