In a Soldier's Footsteps

Mette Zeruneith, Denmark, 2005

89 min.DK/Documentary

Steven Ndugga is 30 and a political refugee in Denmark. He was 13 when he became a soldier in Uganda. He turns to Magic Hour Films to have his story told, when he learns that his long lost son, only 10 years old, now too is a soldier in Uganda. Steven sets out to free him from the army, but things go terribly wrong, and suddenly Ugandan officials appear in Denmark to stop the film. They claim that Steven is a terrorist and that Uganda is a free country without child soldiery. Soon the film crew finds itself entangled in a political game that involves the chief of Ugandan intelligence, ministers and generals, a game in which the truth is very hard to get at.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title I soldatens fodspor
Danish title I soldatens fodspor
Other titles In a Soldier's Footsteps
Keywords Africa, Politics, Uganda, Child soldiers
Director Mette Zeruneith
Screenplay Mette Zeruneith
Producer Lise Lense-Møller
Director of Photography Henrik Bohn Ipsen, David Peter Fox, Stefan V. Jensen
Editor Pernille Bech Christensen
Composer Peter Schultz
Production country Denmark
Production companies Magic Hour Films
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut
International sales First Hand Films World Sales / Neunbrunnenstrasse 50 / 8050 Zürich / t +41 44 312 2060 / f +41 44 312 2080 / gitte.hansen@firsthandfilms.com / www.firsthandfilms.com
Festival information Danish Film Institute
Technical info 35 mm, 1,85:1 - Widescreen, color, Dolby SR
TV release 20.04.2006, DR 2
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Not recommended for children under 7


Production companies Magic Hour Films
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut


Direction Mette Zeruneith


Script Mette Zeruneith


Producer Lise Lense-Møller


Cinematography Henrik Bohn Ipsen
Cinematography David Peter Fox
Cinematography Stefan V. Jensen


Stills Bo Tengberg
Stills Nikolai Østergaard


Editing Pernille Bech Christensen


Music Peter Schultz

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival 2006-04-28
Malmö, BUFF 2006-03-14
Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival 2006-01-25
Amsterdam, IDFA 2005-11-24
CPH:DOX 2005-11-04
Odense Internationale Film Festival 2005-08-11
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