A documentary film revealing untold stories from the 20 year long war in Northern Uganda between Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and the Ugandan Government Under Current President Yoweri Museveni
It’s been busy few months in the studio editing this documentary… With plans for completion by the end of the year!
Soon we will have a new title for the film and website/facebook/twitter etc – But you’ll have to wait a few months for that special release!
Right now we are working every single day and night to complete this film and get the story out there!
We currently have an 87 minute edit that’s working well. We are close – but still there’s lots of post production work to be done including animating maps, securing archive material, sound design, narration, translating, subtitling and much more – But nevertheless we are getting there!
Please stay with us… Your support is integral to getting the truth told and to give not only a voice but also justice to the voiceless victims of a most tragic war in Northern Uganda that warrants the attention of the world.
“Although Africa has long been known to be rich in oil, extracting it hadn’t seemed worth the effort and risk until recently. But with the price of Middle Eastern crude skyrocketing, and advancing technology making reserves easier to tap, the region has become the scene of a competition between major powers that recalls the 19th-century scramble for colonization. Already, the United States imports more of its oil from Africa than from Saudi Arabia, and China, too, looks to the continent for its energy security.”
Can the United States restrain Chinese influence on the resource rich continent?
In an exclusive interview with this news paper, Dr Otunnu started by welcoming the conviction of Thomas Lubanga. “I am happy with the conviction. Actually, it’s the first conviction of the ICC since it was established in 2002,” Dr Otunnu said in reference to the March 14 judgement.
Commenting on the specific charge of recruiting child soldiers for which Lubanga was convicted, Otunnu, a former UN Under Secretary General for Children in Armed Conflict, also highlighted his role in framing the war crimes offence.
“The three charges against him were all to do with the recruitment and abuse of children,” said Otunnu, adding that: “In fact, the particular provision in the Rome Statute under which Thomas Lubagnga was convicted is something I drafted myself.” Otunnu said.
The UPC leader also wasted no time in establishing a firm link between Lubanga’s crimes and Uganda’s role in aiding and abetting those war crimes. “Lubanga was a relatively small player in the DR Congo. What gave Luganga his power and sway in the Congo was actually sponsorship by Ugandan leaders,” Otunnu said.
He added: “As you know, this is not Olara making things up. There is a very thick Judgement that was delivered…not by the ICC…but by the International Court of Justice. Numerous charges of crimes committed by Uganda in the Congo are in that Judgement. Aggression, crimes of war, crimes against humanity, it is all those things.”
Dr Otunnu, a Harvard trained Lawyer, also said he believes that Ugandan leaders and commanders are legitimate suspects for prosecution under the Rome Statute. “The little fellow [Lubanga] who was manipulated from Uganda been charged, but the real fellows who were in charge of his crimes are walking scot-free. That is what is wrong with the application of the Rome Statue.” Otunnu charged.
He said he told ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo that the ICC’s process and choice of those to be indicted has been highly politicised and highly selective. “I still very much hope that what was done inside Uganda, on Ugandan territory and elsewhere in Congo will be punished. I hope to see a day of reckoning when the ICC will investigate and bring them to book for what they did.” said Otunnu.
“Thomas Lubanga was not a hugely significant player in the overall scheme of things.” Otunnu maintained. END. Please login to www.ugandacorrespondent.comevery Monday to read our top storiesand anytime mid-weekfor our news updates.
On the 28th of February our crew is heading back to Uganda, and this time we are also hoping to make it to Eastern DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo)- closer to current LRA rebel activity.
We will be spending 5 weeks on the continent, completing the last stages of filming for our feature documentary Child Troopers, which has now been 3 years in the making. This time we are returning with a new all Australian team, together with Bikes 4 Life volunteers from Melbourne, as well as our local crew on the ground in Uganda. We will also be distributing bicycles to remote war-affected communities (see: www.bikes4life.com.au).
One of the our latest additions to the team is one of Australia’s finest cinematographers, Mr Marcus Dineen. Marcus is flying in from Sweden to work with us and shoot some beautiful footage for our film. Very excited to have Marcus working on Child Troopers with us!
Further to that excitement, I am very pleased to announce that Sabina Paisa, associate producer of Child Troopers, will also be traveling with us to Africa at the end of the month! It was a last-minute decision, made possible by one of latest EP’s, Michael Schmidt. We cannot thank Michael enough for being such a great support and huge part of this production!
Keep checking this site as we will post updates as soon as we are on the ground and have access to the internet! But basically, while away we will be working with kids and community groups in the capital city (Kampala), traveling out to slums on the outskirts of the city and getting some projects assessed for future partnerships with Bikes 4 Life… then we will be heading north towards South Sudan, to a place called Pader where we will be working with former child soldiers and victims of the war. Further to that, while in the north, we will be distributing bicycles to people in remote villages and camps, setting up a bike education and vocational training centre at Friends of Orphans in Pader and filming the Bikes 4 Life journey and Child Troopers documentary at the same time!
Our 5 week East and Central African expedition is going to be quite an adventure so make sure you follow us online, via Facebook or Twitter and see what we get up to!
Wish us luck on our journey…. We look forward to sharing our experience with you and thank you for your support!
If you are in Melbourne, please come down to our farewell event, UGANDA BOUND at the Half Moon in Church Street Brighton on Sunday the 26th of February.
One year ago today, President Obama signed into law a bill that committed to put an end to the LRA’s brutal atrocities and abductions.
President Obama stated that: “[This] legislation crystallizes the commitment of the United States to help bring an end to the brutality and destruction that have been a hallmark of the LRA across several countries for two decades.”
Today, LRA attacks continue and activists are urging the President to robustly implement his LRA strategy (Resolve).
In Congo today, LRA atrocities are still occurring, on a near-daily basis. Resolve‘s on the ground partner, Fr. Benoit Kinalegu stated:
“Many of us believed that President Obama’s commitment to addressing the LRA threat would finally help stop our suffering. Yet one year later, we continue to live in fear as the LRA’s attacks have shown no signs of decreasing.”
Progress has been made, but that is not enough to end the suffering and to bring about justice. Confronting this injustice needs much more global support and commitment from international actors, but more so, from the people.
OCTOBER 4, 2017 – followed by Panel Talk with Milton Allimadi, Helen Epstein and Ogenga Otunnu
BELOIT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Screenings on February 25 and March 1st, 2017.
THE INTERNATIONAL UGANDAN CONVENTION
The Hague, Netherlands
February 24, 2017, 7.30pm
Many thanks to Moses Atocon, The Hague Peace Projects and The Ugandan Diaspora P10 and EU Diaspora. Also, we must extend our thanks to the honourable Dr. Kizza Besigye and Olara Otunnu for their attendance and their support with the film and wider justice project.
WE THE PEOPLE’S FILM FESTIVAL
November 10 at 7pm and
November 13 (at the Official Award’s Ceremony)
LONE STAR FILM FESTIVAL
Sundance Square Cinema 1
Fort Worth, Texas
November 11 at 3pm
DOCUMENT INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL
CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
October 22 and October 23
LONE STAR FILM FESTIVAL
November 10 – 12 (TBC)
RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
Best Feature Documentary Nominee
September 27 at 3pm and
September 30 at 9pm
Piccadilly Circus, London
LONG BEACH INDIE FILM AND MUSIC FESTIVAL
Long Beach, California USA
SCREENING September 3rd
VOICELESS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Oakland, Bay Area, San Fransciso CA
September the 11th of 9pm Sharp
Q and A following screening hosted by Journalist Ann Garrison from KFPA Bay Radio.
WILLIAMSBURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Brooklyn, New York
Q & A to Follow with special guests Milton Allimadi and Helen Epstein
RAINDANCE Film Festival UL
Director Ebony Butler will be attending.
KITZBUHEL FILM FESTIVAL
August 22 – Aug 28, 2016
ESPERANZA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
August 18 – 25, 2016
LIGHTHOUSE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
LongBeach Island, New Jersey
Saturday June 11th at 3:30pm followed by Panel Q and A http://liff.festivalgenius.com/2016
DC INDIE FILM FEST
Hollywood Independent Documentary Awards
WINNER OF BEST DOCUMENTARY
LA Women’s International Film Festival
L.A LIVE Cinema, Hollywood
WINNER OF BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY FILM!!
Universe Multicultural Film Festival
Palm Beach International Film Festival
April 7 and 14
NOMINATED FOR BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY!
Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
Carmarthen Bay Film Festival – Wales
Cinema A The Edge (CATE) Film Festival
Santa Monica, L.A
Saturday 21st of May, 2016 at 9pm
Tickets at cinemaattheedge.com
Polish Film Festival
ESPERANZA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL