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    “Beasts of No Nation” provides insight for fighting in West Africa

    There are more than 120,000 child soldiers under the age of 17 enlisted in rebel and government fighting forces in West Africa. Americans may ignore that fact. They may even feel surprised and cite it as a reason why the world sucks. But “Beasts of No Nation,” a 2015 film written and directed by Cary Fukunaga, is a beautiful and brutal film that reminds people of the troubling fact. “Beasts of No Nation” is a hard, but worthwhile film to watch as it does more than entertain; it educates and challenges the viewer to empathize. The film, based on Uzodinma Iweala’s novel by the same name, begins with an honest…