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"SOLDIER BOYS" Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army

"Soldier Boys" shows, through the stories of young Acholi escapees from the hell of the Lord's Resistance Army (L.R.A.) in Northern Uganda. These youngsters told us how they were abducted from their families and forced to kill, maim, and terrorize their families and fellow villagers. With these acts of violence, the escapees are outcasts from their village, clan and tribe.

We were pressured from all sides not to show how the Acholi spiritual traditions and belief system kept them bound to their captor Joseph Kony, leader of the LRA, and how those same traditions and belief system ultimately led to forgiveness for the escapees. Indeed, the film's heart is its detailed depiction of an Acholi rite of forgiveness performed by the 'Rwot' - roughly meaning "king" - of the Acholi nation.

This rite had not been performed since the 19th century. In performing it, the Rwot was opening himself to assassination by the L.R.A., whose hold over the escapees was thereby broken. In another crucial series of scenes, a young Acholi escapee, Walter Ocan, gravely ill with cancer, leaves the hospital and the Christian relief agency which was providing for him, to have a chicken and goat sacrificed in aid of his healing by an Acholi traditional healer.

We were aware when we shot the forgiveness ceremony that we were in play as minor actors in the newly-crowned Rwot's efforts to win back from the other political forces in Acholiland some of his lost political prestige. We were also aware that our African 'fixer' was skimming some of the 'fees' we were asked to pay for the privilege of being allowed to shoot the sacrifice ritual for Walter Ocan and other

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