13 November 2016

Documentary on Uganda genocide wins Best Film in Festival award

The Best Film in Festival award in 2016 has been awarded to A Brilliant Genocide, a film by Ebony Butler. The film sets out to be a counterpoint to Kony 2012 which brought worldwide awareness to the crimes committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda and neighbouring countries. It shows how the government of President Museveni has used Kony as a straw man, enabling it to garner international sympathy and resources in the supposed “war on terrorism” while in fact diverting attention from its own crimes against humanity. The film shows its efforts to wipe out a significant part of Uganda’s Acholi people, using interviews with survivors of the most pre meditated torture and murder like no other in Uganda’s history.

Belinda Atim, a member of the Ugandan community in Britain, received the Best Film in Festival award on behalf of Ebony Butler, the film’s director and producer, currently in Australia.