No Place for a Rebel

Maartje Wegdam & Ariadne Asimakopoulos

Dutch premiere

Sixteen years after rebels abducted him as a child, Opono Opondo returns home to Uganda as an adult war commander. Now he has to re-adapt to civil society.

Synopsis

Opono grew up to become a war commander in the Lord’s Resistance Army of Joseph Kony. Sixteen years after his abduction by the rebels, Opono must fight for acceptance back home, in a place where he doesn’t know the codes and conventions and where the neighbors fear him. The film shows Opono’s fight for his future, while struggling to come to terms with his past and to reconcile with his family. 

While Opono pursues a new career as a carpenter - he opens a shop and designs business cards – he attempts to reconnect with the people closest to him: his brother, his uncle and his best friend who used to be in the LRA with him. A daytrip to visit his mom painfully exposes how the scars of war also continue to divide them.

One day Opono’s former comrade, LRA top commander Dominic Ongwen, is captured and taken to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Ongwen is charged with seventy counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Questions of accountability start to dominate Opono’s thoughts. Suddenly he gets an opportunity. Opono makes an important decision to save his future.

No place for a Rebel bears witness to the grim reality of a former rebel who tries to break the mold after his return to civil society. The film is an intimate account, a journey into Opono’s world, complicated by the trauma that comes as much from being silenced in the present as from a life shattered by violence. Yet above all, the film shows the courageous attempt of a human being to re-shape his fate.

Credits

Netherlands, The 2017, 76 min.

Documentary,

Spoken language: English, Acholi

Subtitles: English

Official website: http://www.noplaceforarebel.com

Productions:

Milos Film

+31648503001

Dutch distribution:

MOOOV

+3214472330

www.mooov.be

When & where?

  • Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 16:30

    Theater aan het Spui Grote Zaal
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  • Monday, March 27, 2017 - 21:30

    Zaal 1, Filmhuis Den Haag
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  • Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 14:30

    Zaal 1, Filmhuis Den Haag
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  • Friday, March 31, 2017 - 16:30

    Zaal 1, Filmhuis Den Haag
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Talkshows & debates

No Place for a Rebel: Q&A with directors Maartje Wegdam and Ariadne Asimakopoulos

Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 16:30

Q&A with directors Maartje Wegdam and Ariadne Asimakopoulos.

No Place for a Rebel: Q&A with directors Maartje Wegdam and Ariadne Asimakopoulos

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 21:30

No Place for a Rebel: Q&A with directors Maartje Wegdam and Ariadne Asimakopoulos.

No Place for a Rebel: Q&A met the directors and expert Dee Brillenburgh Wurth

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 16:30

Q&A with directors Maartje Wegdam and Ariadne Asimakopoulos and expert Dee Brillenburgh Wurth, Child Protection in Armed Conflict Advisor of the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.