By Travis Martin

Having its own library of movies and releasing its own television series, Netflix is looking to make its own impact on movies with the film Beasts of No Nation. The film, written and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (Jane Eyre, HBO’s True Detective), will be one of Netflix’s very first original films.

Based on the book by Uzodinma Iweala, the film centers on Agu (newcomer Abraham Attah), a boy living in an unnamed West African country plagued by civil war. When Agu’s father is killed by the military and he becomes separated from the rest of his family, he comes under the protection of the child rebels. Led by the adult Commandant (Idris ElbaStar Trek Beyond), Agu soon becomes enthralled in the rebel force’s ranks and takes up arms. Soon, Agu begins killing as well, destroying his childhood in the process. But Agu’s soon begins to question himself and Commandant’s rule when he no longer feels the need to kill.

Beasts of No Nation set to release exclusive on Netflix and in a limited number of theaters on October 16, 2015 through Netflix and the company Bleecker Street.