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'A Brilliant Genocide' is a political expose and human rights documentary that details the untold story of suffering and an unrecognized genocide against the Acholi people of northern Uganda that began some 30 years ago.

The film is currently featuring in festivals across America and Europe and is planning a TV release later in the year, exposing groundbreaking, untold stories about the war that is shocking audiences around the world.

The documentary 'A Brilliant Genocide' examines the hidden history of the Ugandan regime under dictator Yoweri Museveni and is a counterpoint to Kony 2012, a viral video sensation with over 100 millions views, that brought worldwide awareness to the crimes committed by the Lord's Resistance Army under rebel leader Joseph Kony. The viral video however failed to show the other side of the conflict, and placed all blame on Kony, who is now t one of the world's most wanted men.

'A Brilliant Genocide' demonstrates how the Museveni regime has used Kony as a straw man, enabling the Ugandan government to further establish its control over northern Uganda and garner international sympathy and support. The documentary utilizes a substantial range of interviews from prominent Ugandan thinkers, opposition figures, activists, exiles and émigrés, presenting an unmatched and uniquely Ugandan interpretation of Uganda's recent history.

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the UPDF (see Rodriguez 2009, 102). Chris Dolan (2009) captures the dynamic of northern Ugandan civilians stuck in the cross-fire of the LRA and GoU in his book, Social Torture. Dolan persuasively argues that the war is “a form of mass torture, whose principal victims are the population within the 'war zone', and whose ultimate function is the subordinate inclusion of the population in northern Uganda.” The primary locus of 'social torture' was the IDP camps, named “protection villages” by the GoU, although more akin to “concentration camps” according to Rodriguez (2009, 104), Branch (2007a, 181) and Mwenda (2010, 55). In these camps, Dolan (2009, 1) finds the symptoms and tactics of mass torture: “widespread violation, dread, disorientation, dependency, debilitation and humiliation”. Finnstrom (2008, 133) makes a similar argument suggesting that the IDP camps constituted a form of structural violence against the people of northern Uganda, wherein “cultural and social agency diminish as the logic of domination and violence enter the most private spheres of everyday life.” Human rights groups have tended to agree. One report, prepared for United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), concluded that “the overall picture is one of severe destitution” (Weeks 2002, 5; see also Dolan 2009, 221) and, moreover, while direct violations of rights were commonplace, the camps' “most damaging achievement of all has been to inflict economic and social paralysis on an entire society, which has thereby been reduced to destitution and dependency.” (Weeks 2002, 4). Some suggest that upwards of 1,000 people died per week, not from rebel attacks but as a result of the squalid conditions within the camps themselves (Mwenda 2010, 56; see also The Republic of Uganda Ministry of Health 2005). This represented a death toll that far exceeded what the rebels did or could achieve (Mwenda 2010, 56).

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This channel is a part of our Educate & Stimulate interactive media project, an extension of our feature documentary 'A Brilliant Genocide', a film about the war in Northern Uganda. See the trailer

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This channel is a part of our Educate & Stimulate interactive media project, an extension of our feature documentary 'A Brilliant Genocide', a film about the war in Northern Uganda. See the trailer

We share media and information about human rights in Uganda, democracy, resource wars, the 'Kony' war, peace, criminal and social justice and truth and reconciliation - that didn't make it to the final cut of our feature film.

We also share some sneak previews from the documentary. Our aim is to create discussion and promote dialogue about issues relating to human rights, justice, peace, conflict and democracy in Uganda and around the world.

Add your voice also - we want to hear from you! You can send us videos to post or just comment and get involved in the discussion sharing your views about the different issues we cover. If there is a particular topic you are interested in let us know by posting gin the shout box, and we will search our library and when possible we will upload content related to your request or area of interest.

Soon we will add some full interviews with people that were amazing but we simply filmed too much and interviewed too many people to be able to include them in the film.

We will also stream videos on our new website through our new educate and stimulate initiative to encourage people to look deeper into issues, beyond what one is fed by corporate media, leading you closer to the truth!

The current focus is on democracy in Uganda, which is quite timely given the fact that Uganda recently held fraudulent elections and the contested winner, Dr Kizza Besigye, is now in prison facing treason charges. Millions of his supporters refer to him as 'The people's President' and Besigye is also a key character in our film.


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