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.
Ludovic Van Pachterbeke
Zero One Film
CNC (avance sur recette)
CCA de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles
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)