Can you be a perpetrator and a victim at the same time? A harrowing question of diminished responsibility is complicated by the horrors of Uganda's post-civil war atrocities.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague is charging Dominic Ongwen with 70 different counts of crimes committed whilst in a commanding role in rebel leader Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Ongwen’s defence lawyer, Krispus Ayena, is preparing to argue that his client was abducted at the age of 9 and brainwashed by Kony, who used a combination of Christianity, witchcraft and torture to turn thousands of children into LRA killing machines, in his rebellion against Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni.
Grappling with a deeply complex moral conundrum of guilt and punishment, against the backdrop of Uganda’s ‘theatre of violence’, this unprecedented film encourages viewers to confront difficult questions about the various meanings of ‘justice’.
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