Soldier Child (1999)





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Filmmaker Neil Abramson chronicles the plight of children in war-torn northern Uganda in this compelling documentary. Chronicling the savagery and horror that thousands of children endure as they are forced from their homes to serve in the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), Soldier Child weaves a gripping tale of torture, rape, starvation, and brainwashing. Through black and white photos and on-camera interviews, the events at GUSCO--the rehabilitation facility for those fortunate enough to have escaped their captors--come to life. You'll see selected stories of the victims of brutality, including poignant footage of a young boy whose feet are so infected from marching in the army that he can no longer walk and a teen-aged girl who has given birth as the result of being raped by LRA soldiers.
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A very short film with a lot of emotional pull. One of the saddest films I've seen and its truly draining. The movie focuses on individual child horror stories. The social worker in the movie is a saint and has a very soothing voice as the interpreter. I feel like it does very good at telling their stories, but I wish there was more I could do watching this film and that there was a better ending. You can't help but feel empathy for them and love them while hating Kony. It boggles the mind that Kony has evaded any type of punishment for his atrocities. No child should have to go through the horrors they've witnessed. I'm amazed at the simplicity of directing done here, but the story is so powerful it's transpires without the gimmicks of Hollywood of needing much at all.

Kim Bangert
Kim Bangert

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