Wrong Elements

Documentary 134’
Directed by Jonathan Littell


Uganda, 1989. A young Acholi guided by spirits, Joseph Kony, forms a rebel movement against the government, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). An “army” that soon grows by abducting teenagers – more than 60 000 over 25 years. Geofrey, Nighty, Mike, and Lapisa are among these children, abducted at 12 or 13. Today, in their effort to rebuild their lives and go back to normal, they revisit the places that marked their stolen childhood. At the same time victims and murderers, witnesses and perpetrators of horrific acts they did not fully understand, they are forever the Wrong Elements that society struggles to accept. Meanwhile, in the immensity of the Central African jungle, the Ugandan army still continues to hunt the last scattered LRA rebels. But Joseph Kony is still on the run.


Documentary 134′

directed by

Jonathan Littell


Joachim Philippe
Johann Feindt


Yolande Decarsin
Yves Coméliau


Marie-Hélène Dozo

sound editing

Ludovic Van Pachterbeke


Wrong Men
Zero One Film

international distribution
and sales​

Le Pacte

with the participation​ of

Canal +
Voo/Be tv
Le Pacte
CNC (avance sur recette)
Medienboard Berlin-Brandeburg
CCA de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles



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A franco-American writer and journalist, Jonathan Littell worked for many years for the NGO Action Against Hunger, primarily in Bosnia, Chechnya, Afghanistan and the DRC.

His novel The Kindly Ones (Prix de l’Académie française and Prix Goncourt 2006) provided an in-depth exploration, through the Nazi experience, of the question of institutional violence and mass murder. He has since extended this questioning through essays such as Le sec et l’humide (2008), as well as numerous feature pieces for Le Monde and the review XXI (often translated into English, in The Guardian and The London Review of Books): first during the 2008 war in Georgia, then in the DRC, in South Sudan and in Ciudad Juarez (Mexico).

A tireless and rigorous investigator, he has published two long features on the LRA, which ran as the cover story for Le Monde Magazine in October 2010 and August 2011. In early 2012, he spent three weeks in the embattled city of Homs in Syria and published a series of five long. articles in Le Monde, before publishing his notes under the title Syrian Notebooks (2012, English translation 2015).

Jonathan Littell has also for many years been fascinated by images, and in 2013 published Triptych: Three Studies after Francis Bacon (2011, English translation 2013), in which he examines the work of the great British painter in light of the great masters who influenced him, of Byzantine art, and of the history of photography.







Syrian Notebooks: Insinde the Homs Uprising (Verso)

Triptych: Three Studies after Francis Bacon (Notting Hill Press)

Tchétchénie, an III (Gallimard, Folio Documents)

Le sec et l’humide (L’Arbalète Gallimard)

The Kindly Ones (HarperCollins, Chatto & Windus, McClelland & Stewart)


Carnet de Homs : 16 janvier – 2 février 2012 (Éd. Gallimard)


Triptyque, trois études sur Francis Bacon (Éd. L’arbalète/Gallimard)


Tchétchénie, an III (Éd. Folio documents)


Le sec et l’humide (Éd. Gallimard)


Les Bienveillantes (Éd. Gallimard)

« Wrong Elements », un documentaire de Jonathan Littell — RFI, Charlotte Cosset
Wrong Elements: The act of remembering — CINEUROPA, David González
« Wrong Elements » : Jonathan Littell réunit d’anciens élèves de l’école du crime — LE MONDE, Thomas Sotinel
‘Wrong Elements’: Cannes Review — SCREEN DAILY, Lee Marshall
Cannes Film Review : ‘Wrong Elements’ — VARIETY, Guy Lodge
Enfants-soldats en Ouganda et dictature au Sénégal : deux docus sur les maux de l’Afrique — LE JDD, Alexis Campion
« Wrong Elements », les confessions d’ex-enfants soldats — LA CROIX, Jean-Claude Raspiengeas
Wrong Elements : Jonathan Littell, le bienveillant — LE FIGARO, Nathalie Simon
« Wrong Elements », l’enfance de l’arme — LIBERATION, Elisabeth Franck-Dumas
#2016Cannes2016 – Wrong Elements, di Jonathan Litell — SENTIERISELVAGGI, Luca Marchetti
Jonathan Littell, bien sûr — LIBERATION, Sabrina Champenois
Cannes 2016. Afrique : crimes contre l’humanité, ils témoignent sur grand écran — FRANCETVINFO, Falila Gbadamassi
« Wrong Elements » : Cannes Review — THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, David Rooney
Wrong Elements de Jonathan Littell, responsables ou victimes ? — AFRICULTURES, Olivier Barlet
Cannes Review : ‘Wrong Elements’ Is ‘The Act of Killing’ for the Ugandan Civil War — INDIEWIRE, David Ehrlich
Jonathan Littell : « Les enfants soldats sont des gens, tout simplement » — RFI AFRIQUE, Elisabeth Lequeret
Jonathan Littell : rozmawiamy z rezyserem « Wrong Elements » — WP FILM, Lukasz Knap
« Wrong Elements » von Jonathan Littell — KINO-ZEIT.DE, Maria Wiesner
An anthropologist of violence. Interview with Jonathan Littell — SCREEN COMMENT, Ali Naderzad


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