Theatre of Violence

Emil Langballe, Lukasz Konopa, Denmark, 2023

106 min.DK/Documentary

Dominic Ongwen was 9 years old and on his way to school when he became one of the 20,000 children abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Led by Joseph Kony, who uses mysticism and cruelty to turn children into ferocious killers, all in the name of freeing the Ugandan people from the rule of a brutal regime of Yoweri Museveni and leaving more than 100,000 dead in the process. Tortured and brutalised, Ongwen quickly learned to kill or be killed. Over 26 years, he learned to follow orders so well that he rose through the ranks. He was one of the five LRA leaders indicted for crimes against
humanity by The International Criminal Court (ICC).
Basic information Credits
Original title Theatre of Violence
Danish title Theatre of Violence
Keywords Uganda, Holland, Trials, Courts of justice, Crimes, War crimes, Punishment, Guerilla movement, Child soldiers, Belief in spirits, Cultural clashes, Domestic policy, Presidential Elections, 2000-2009, 2020-2030
Director Emil Langballe, Lukasz Konopa
Producer Helle Faber
Director of Photography Kasper Czubak
Editor Rasmus Stensgaard Madsen
Sound Kasper Janus Rasmussen, Patrick Svaneberg Vejen
Composer Markus Aust
Appearance Dominic Ongwen, Krispus Ayena
Production country Denmark, Germany
International sales Dogwoof
Comment The lawyer Krispus Ayena has chosen to defend Ongwen, he is under immense pressure, both from his people who were victims of the conflict and from the Ugandan government itself. The film follows Dominic Ongwen’s trial and tells the story of the Northern Uganda conflict.
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Production company
Executive Producer Made in Copenhagen
Co-production CorsoFilm, ZDF/ARTE
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, Eurimages, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, FilmFyn, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Danida, Creative Europe
In collaboration with DR, TVP, SRF, VGTV, SVT, Dogwoof


Direction Emil Langballe
Direction Lukasz Konopa


Producer Helle Faber
Co-producer Erik Winker
Co-producer Martin Roelly
Production manager Carina Åkerlund
Producer: development Heidi Kim Andersen
Producer: development Helle Faber


Cinematographer Kasper Czubak


Editor Rasmus Stensgaard Madsen


Composer Markus Aust


Sound designer Kasper Janus Rasmussen
Sound designer Patrick Svaneberg Vejen


Appearance Dominic Ongwen
Appearance Krispus Ayena

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