Directors: Ferdinand van Zyl
Writer: Ferdinand van Zyl

  • COUNTRY : South Africa


Set during the days of Apartheid's border wars, The Recce tells the story of young recruit Henk Viljoen who is wrongfully declared dead behind enemy lines by the South African Defense Force. With the enemy hot on his trail and a lethal gunshot wound in his gut, he needs to use every skill and tool in his arsenal to make it back to his grieving wife. But Henk's chances for survival are looking slim as he navigates the treacherous landscape of the Angolan warzone. Chronicling a race for survival in which human mental and physical abilities are pushed to their limits, the film tells a dramatic story of great sorrow in a time of war but also explores issues of faith, family and the fundamental good in people. A timely and crucial story, the beautifully made work pulls no punches and is remarkably free of political bias. With DIFF regular Greg Kriek playing the lead, this is an ode to the relentless desire of the human spirit to survive regardless of what gets thrown our way.

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