Press for Uganda Rising

“…a terrific film…exquisite…”
—Geoffrey D. Roberts


“…disturbing…a clear view of a terrible conflict… If Uganda Rising helps bring forth a resolution to this serious situation, the film has more than done its job.”

“More than any film to date, Uganda Rising provides a nuanced and sophisticated look at the history and dynamics of the 20-year war in northern Uganda. With key and diverse interviews, it helps us to see the big picture without losing sight of the individual stories of children that have been victimized by this conflict. I applaud its producers and hope this film may help the growing international movement for peace in northern Uganda to wake up the world to this neglected crisis.”
—Peter Quaranto, Director UgandaCAN


"...heart-wrenching...compelling...express opinions and perspectives rarely featured in mainstream media outlets today..."
—Jane Musoke-Nteyafas, UGPulse.com

"Uganda Rising is to date one of the best documentaries on the conflict in northern Uganda. The film...covers almost every aspect of the conflict...an excellent resource for activists, scholars, and educators. In addition to telling the story of Uganda and the Acholi, the film also infuses historical information on the African region to give one a better understanding of what is happening in northern Uganda."
Msia Kibona Clark, PhD is the Ugandan Country Specialist for Amnesty International and a book, film, & music reviewer for AllAfrica.com


"If you thrive on righteous rage, then Pete McCormack and James Miller’s calmly-narrated study of internecine genocide in northern Uganda will make your day...to hear children dispassionately recounting atrocities of murder and mutilation, which they not only witnessed but also committed, beggars belief. And it’s when McCormack and Miller really dig back that the dots connect: a brief and meticulous account of the self-seeking interference by colonial powers in the early 20th century shows how numerous African nations were set up for civil conflict. It’s also when your anger and disgust top out."
—Penelope Mulligan, Discorder


Hot Docs pulls record crowds with 13th fest
It was lucky 13 for the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival as the 13th edition wrapped up Sunday by shattering attendance records.

More than 50,000 people saw 101 films over the 10-day festival, while about 7,000 Toronto and area high school students saw free screenings through the new Docs in Schools program.

The audience picks for the top 10 movies chosen by ballots cast at all screenings at the fest were: A Lion in the House; Mystic Ball; Wordplay; Encounter Point; Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos; An Unreasonable Man; The World According to Sesame Street; Uganda Rising; So Much So Fast; and Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story.

—Toronto Star



Rating: *****
Directed by: Pete McCormack, Jesse James Miller
Country: Canada

Reviewed by: Emma Sadowski/Chart Attack

In everyday life it's often easy to forget that there are parts of the world where people live in utter turmoil. Enter Uganda Rising to remind us. This feature length documentary is about the dire and hopeless social situation in Uganda, one of Africa's struggling countries. The film centres on the internal conflict between rebel forces known as the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), the corrupt Ugandan government and the Acholi citizens, especially the children, who are caught in the crossfire.

Uganda Rising can be summed up in one word: grim. It points to the frustrating and complicated situation in Uganda, but does so in a simple and educational way. The directors illuminate the need to understand the country's rich and complicated history in order to fully comprehend present day politics.

The film also pushes comfort level boundaries with its horrifically graphic scenes. Though unnecessary at times, images of human suffering prove that Uganda is a nation in pain. The editing perfectly emulates the tension between the rebels and the government by contrasting, with both still and live images, the opposing sides and their arguments and actions, all the while placing the Acholi in the centre.

Many social and political documentaries offer no positive hope for the future, but this isn't the case with Uganda Rising. It places hope and optimism in the Acholi children who only know war but strive to overcome it by supporting their families and educating themselves; something we can all learn from.



copyright 2006 Pete McCormack