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
Presidential candidate and contested winner of the 2006 and 2016 Presidential Elections in Uganda, Dr. Kizza Besigye (Forum for Democratic Change) in the groundbreaking feature documentary, A Brilliant Genocide.
Photo of Kizza Besiege Courtesy of Echwalu Photography.
[May 8, 2016 Kampala, Uganda] THE PEOPLE’S PRESIDENT, Dr. Kizza Besigye of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Uganda features in the groundbreaking feature documentary “A Brilliant Genocide“. Besigye discusses Ugandan dictator Gen. Yoweri Museveni’s 30 years of brutal repression with a military-style regime to entrench himself in power permanently.
Many people, including international observers, argue that Kizza Besigye was the actually winner of the controversial 2006 and 2016 elections in Uganda. Besigye is currently conducting a defiance campaign against the regime despite being under house arrest in Kampala.
Watch this space and the political climate in Uganda heats up with the people finally standing up to the regime despite the potential dangers involved.
Cut Off U.S. Weapons To Gen Museveni Uganda’s Murderous Dictator:
Dear President Obama,
As you know on Feb. 18 Uganda held elections that were universally condemned by credible observers including by the U.S. as flawed and having not been free, fair or credible; they were also marred by violence against opposition leaders and their supporters by state security agents.
The Ugandan military has since escalated its human rights abuses by inflicting brutal repression against civilians.
The U.S., which is a major security partner of the Ugandan regime, providing arms and training for its army – in addition to $700 million in financial support — must at the very least suspend this relationship as required by the Leahy Amendment which “prohibits the U.S. Department of State and Department of Defense from providing military assistance to foreign military units that violate human rights with impunity.”
With respect to the Feb. 18 vote, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo condemned the Ugandan regimes’ vote suppression in opposition strongholds; he said the delays in delivery of election material were “inexcusable.”
This week in Iowa ‘A Brilliant Genocide’ will be having two special screenings at the festival so please spread the word as the sooner people are aware – the sooner there will be change in Uganda!! Schedule and Tickets available here or at the door. (please share on social media as you never know who knows someone in that part of the world!)
The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival acknowledges emerging filmmakers from around the world, with a strong emphasis on discovering new talent, supporting cause-related films and bringing together all elements of film making.
‘A Brilliant Genocide‘reveals the truth of what took place when Uganda’s lifelong President took power 30 years ago. An untold story of human suffering that continues today in silence.
We are calling for Obama to Cut Off U.S. Weapons To Gen Museveni Uganda’s Murderous Dictator Who Stole Elections!
[UPDATE] GREAT NEWS, WE WON BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY FILM AT THE LOS ANGELES WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL!
A Brilliant Genocide is screening this Sunday in L.A as a part of the LA Women’s International Film Festival! (see details below)
The next opportunity to see the film will not be until the 7th and 14th of April in Florida at the Palm Beach International Film Festival – Which the festival is promoting the film as their strongest and most powerful documentary this year!
If you care about human rights, about Uganda, Africa… about people, about truth, about justice…about humanity, and if you are in the California or Los Angeles area over Easter – then please attend the screening of A Brilliant Genocide this Sunday the 27th at 3.30pm at L.A Live Cinemas Hollywood.
It is with pleasure and excitement that I announce the new title of our feature documentary… ‘A Brilliant Genocide‘.
Pre-release teaser video from A Brilliant Genocide (scroll down)
After 6 years filming, researching and editing this film, it has naturally evolved and transformed into a much different film that we set out to make in 2009 when it all began.
We spent 3 years on the Joseph Kony / child soldier path – and the issue of children / child soldiers and other related human rights abusesthat are of much interest to us – we condemn the use of children in war, and the abuse of any child in any way, in any part of the world.
However, the film is no longer 100% focused on the issue of children at war and Joseph Kony’s war in northern Uganda. The film remains very much connectedwith Kony and his use of child soldiers- but along our 6 year journey we found some completely untold ‘hidden’ stories that we felt wereeven more important to bring to light.
What we discovered and continue to discover, is that the world has been fooled, asI was6 years ago, about Joseph Kony and his war in northern Uganda. There’s another side to this story that has never been told, and we have been on a journey for the past few years to find out the truth and the backstory that has received zero media attention – and even worse than that – the people responsible for these concealed human rights abuses, are those who have been supported by the west for 30 years,and who are still in office today. And the West is stilltoday supporting the regime, while the regime continues to enjoy complete impunity for their crimes.
We have discovered that Kony, although blamed for the war and the suffering, is just the tip of the ice-berg. We have found that Kony did have a reason, a very legitimate reason, for his rebellion, and although his acts of violence and child abductions are deplorable, and in no way justified – he has a reason for what he has done, and in his mind his actions are justified. The truth that no onewho knows will admit – will bring many people – the bigger criminals and the puppeteers who have orchestrated this war and allowed it to continue – to account. The people we have spoken with call the situation in Uganda ‘a global conspiracy of silence’. And what we will be showing in our film is that indeed it has been, and sadly continues to be so today.
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?
Well the past few months have been very interesting. We are excited to announce that we have a new producer on board, Jason Byrne!
Also, we have just returned from yet another filming trip, this time it was back in the UK! It was quite last minute, I was in Sydney packing a container of bikes just 10 days ago for an upcoming shipment to Cambodia for my charity Bikes 4 Life, and that’s when I got the call!
I was offered an opportunity to conduct some exclusive interviews with some people who are extremely difficult to access, but those who could add enormous insight into the film. There was also an ‘invitation only’ press conference that I was invited to attend. How could I refuse?
So, I had about 4 days to get everything sorted, get a camera man, get flights, and get all the way from Melbourne to London! As it turned out, I did go, and it all worked out rather well! My new producer organised a great camera man / DP, Ellery Ryan, who was simply brilliant!
I won’t mention all the interviews I conducted, but I will touch on the event that I was invited to attend and document. It was the press conference and launch of the recently formed Ugandan Party, FUF (Freedom and Unity Front) and its Manifesto.
The function was held at the London School of Economics (LSE) Alumni Theatre Hall on Saturday. Speakers included Professor Kaveh Moussavi of Oxford University, Dr. Amii Omara Otunnu (FUF Chairman) and Genral David Sejusa (formerly known as Tinyefuza).
General Sejusa, fled Uganda in April after authoring a controversial letter to internal security bosses to investigate reports of planned assassinations of members opposed to the alleged grooming of the President’s son, Muhoozi, for presidency. Sejusa fought in the National Resistance Army war that brought President Museveni to power in 1986. He also led military operations in northern Uganda against brutal warlord Joseph Kony. Sejusa was accused of highhandedness and committing atrocities in the bloody war. After an on-and-off relationship with Museveni, Sejusa in April decided to break ranks with government before escaping to London, UK where he has helped form FUF, with aim to cause regime change in Uganda. (http://chimpreports.com)
At the launch General David Sejusa, formerly the most senior army officer and closest ally of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, lifted the lid on what has been going on in the country during the 27 years of Museveni’s rule. It included heavily the state of corruption, and explicitly detailed the election rigging of the 2006 elections, stating that opposition leader Kizza Besigye clearly one the election in a landslide victory.
FUF claims it intends to front “the global campaign to transform Uganda into a nation of peace and sustainable development based on the ethical values of democracy, respect for human rights, and the rule of law.”
The day before leaving I also had the chance to meet again with Milton Allimadi, who had flown in from New York for the event. Milton is the publisher of Black Star News, and I had the privilege of interviewing him back in New York in 2011.
I also was honoured to meet with the brother of Dr. Olara Otunnu (UPC President) and human rights expert, Dr. Amii Omara-Otunnu, who I also conducted an interview with. He is the interim Chairman of FUF.
Dr. Amii Omara-Otunnu is the UNESCO Chair in Comparative Human Rights and Professor of History at the University of Connecticut. In addition to his UNESCO chairmanship, he is also the Executive Director of the Institute of Comparative Human Rights at the University of Connecticut.
I will release some footage from the interviews and press conference soon so please check back!
Uganda is going through some very interesting times. Times of change.
I’m back in Australia now, and have to get everything together, as a new and final stage of post-production is to begin in early 2014.
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