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).
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.