"A Brilliant Genocide" is an expose of the brutal campaigns by the Yoweri Museveni regime to wipe out a significant part of Uganda's Acholi people under the guise of crushing a rebellion by The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). It lays bare the atrocities committed by Museveni's army against the Acholi people of Northern Uganda since 1986 when he seized power.
The documentary is a counterpoint to #Kony2012 which brought worldwide awareness to the crimes committed by the LRA under rebel leader Joseph Kony when the video became the most watched viral video of all time, with over 100 million views. "A Brilliant Genocide" contests popular narratives that pin Kony as the world worst criminal and the one responsible for the 20 year long war.
Rather than following the simple and well established government narrative, "A Brilliant Genocide" shows how the Museveni regime has used Kony as a straw man, enabling the Ugandan government to garner international sympathy and resources in the supposed "war on terrorism" while in fact diverting attention from its own crimes against humanity in northern Uganda.
The 77 minute feature documentary includes interviews with Museveni's former close associates who during the war conducted some of the most bloodiest campaigns against the people in Northern Uganda. Many other prominent Ugandan thinkers, opposition figures, activists, exiles and émigrés are also featured to offer a uniquely Ugandan perspective.
"A Brilliant Genocide' is the untold story of how an African dictator has been able to commit mass murder and still get a regular audience at The White House and 10 Downing Street. It comes at a critical time in Uganda's history when Gen. Museveni, in power for 30 years, plans another presidential run in February 2016.
Directors: Ebony Butler
Producers: Jason Byrne, Ebony Butler
Key cast: Dr. Olara Otunnu, Milton Allimadi, General David Sejusa, Hon. Norbert Mao, General Pecas Kutesa, Adam Branch
Student project: No
Completion date: 2016-02-01
Shooting format: Digital; Red; Black Magic
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Film color: Color
First-time filmmaker: Yes