Monday, April 3, 2017

Children of War: A Journey of Healing and Homecoming

Children of War is a feature-length documentary film directed by Bryan Single and released in 2009. Filmed in northern Uganda over a period of three years, the story follows the journey of a group of former child soldiers as they undergo a process of trauma therapy and emotional healing while in a rehabilitation center.
Having been abducted from their homes and schools by the Lord’s Resistance Army—a quasi-religious militia led by international war criminal and self-proclaimed prophet Joseph Kony—the children struggle to confront years of brutal abuse, forced combat and religious indoctrination with the help of a heroic team of trauma counselors. As these fearless allies guide the children forward into new lives, Children Of War illuminates a powerful and cathartic story of forgiveness and hope in the aftermath of war.

Directed byBryan Single
Produced by
  • Bryan Single
  • Farzad Karimi
  • Timothy Beckett
Music by
  • Mark Brandon Hill
  • James Makubuya
CinematographyBryan Single
Edited by
  • Bryan Single
  • Timothy Beckett
Release date
  • November 2009 (2009-11) (USIP)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States

Soldier Child: Kidnapped Innocence

Since 1990, the people of Northern Uganda have watched in horror as tens of thousands of children have been kidnapped from their homes, marched to Sudan, and then trained as child soldiers in a rebel army.
Acholi rebel-leader and religious fanatic Joseph Kony abducts Acholi children indiscriminately, brainwashes them, and then forces them to commit indescribable atrocities against their own families and friends.

Returned: Child Soldiers of Nepal's Maoist Army

Returned: Child Soldiers of Nepal's Maoist Army tells the personal story of Nepali boys and girls as they attempt to rebuild their lives after fighting in the Nepalese Civil War. Through the voices of former child soldiers, the film examines why these children joined the Maoists and explores the prevention of future recruitment.
The children describe their dramatic recruitment and participation in the Maoist People’s Liberation Army during the eleven-year civil war between the Maoist insurgents and the Hindu monarch of Nepal. The girls’ stories demonstrate how voluntarily joining the violent Maoist struggle became their only option to escape the gender discrimination and sexual violence of traditional Hindu culture in Nepal. With the major conflict ended and the Maoists in control of the government, these children are now in United Nations cantonments, and return home to communities and families that want nothing to do with them. For many of the children of Nepal’s Maoist Army, the return home can be even more painful than the experience of war.

Directed byRobert Koenig
Produced byRobert Koenig
Brandon Kohrt
Music byHarris Bierhoff
CinematographyScott Ippolito
Edited byRobert Koenig
Distributed byDocumentary Educational Resources
Release date
  • 2008
Running time
56 minutes
CountryUnited States