For over 18 years a civil war in northern Uganda has dragged on almost completely unnoticed by the rest of the world. The rebels of the LRA ( Lord's Resistance Army) are waging a bloody guerilla campaign. They abduct children and conscript them as soldiers, forcing them to kill their own people. The film Lost Children documents the lives of four children, from 8 to 14 years old, who successfully escaped the LRA. They return home to be branded as killers.
Will they ever forget? Will they be forgiven? Can you ever be a child again after being a soldier?
The documentary film discloses one of the most distressing facts of the Ugandan Civil War. Children are being abducted and forced to take up arms against their own families. Ali Samadi Ahadi and Oliver Stoltz visited the war zone in northern Uganda four times. They observed children who escaped the bush camps of the rebels to document what happens when they try to reintegrate into their clans. Because both directors were confronted with war during their childhoods, they have purposely chosen to tell the story from a children's perspective. Before completing the film, the filmmakers founded the project www.pajule-aid.org.
Lost Children had its world premiere at the 55th Berlin International Film Festival (Panorama-section) in February 2005. The film received several prizes including the UNICEF-Film-Award and the GERMAN ACADEMY AWARD 2006 for "Best Documentary".
In March 2006 the film was shown for the German President Horst Köhler and students at Schloss Bellevue and screened in the German Parliament "Reichstag".