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Aiming High. (Life; 4)

In 1986 Uganda was bankrupt. Six years of civil war had followed the ousting of former President Idi Amin and its social and state institutions were near collapse. But today Uganda's economy is widely seen as a success story and over the last ten years the number of Ugandans living in absolute poverty has been cut by half. This film looks at how Uganda has achieved this remarkable turnaround and questions whether the country could now be on course to meet the Millennium development goals by 2015. Directed by Ashley Bruce. 26 min.

Cell Wars(Secret of Life; 5)

Describes the study on the molecular level of parasites and microbes that challenge the human immune system, and the possiblity of eventually preventing diseases like multiple sclerosis and AIDS. c1993. 60 min.

Children of War

A documentary on northern Uganda children of war; on the child soldiers who were abducted from their homes and forced to become fighters by the Lord's Resistance Army. Follows a group of them as they undergo a process of trauma therapy and healing while in a rehabilitation center. Filmed and directed by Bryan Single. Dist.: New Day Films. 2009. 75 min.

Children of War

This chilling feature tells the story of Acholi school girls from St. Mary's College in Northern Uganda who were abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army to serve as child soldiers. Of the 250,000 child soldiers worldwide, many are used as sexual servants, spies, porters and frontline grunts. These unwilling combatants often find themselves subject to disease, physical assault and rape. Includes interviews with one of the girls who escaped and survived the ordeal, a teacher and the assistant headmistress at St.

East Africa, Pathway to Growth

Zambia, Tanzania and Uganda are overcoming the legacy of central planning and charting a course from poverty to prosperity. Taking control of their own destiny, these countries have embarked on a voyage of economic recovery which depends on peace, political stability and commitment to reform, and the support of the international community, in which the International Monetary Fund is crucial. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1999. 47 min.

General Idi Amin Dada: autoportrait

Directed by Barbet Schroeder. In 1974 a film crew followed Idi Amin Dada, dictator of Uganda, interviewing him and filming him as he worked. Provides a candid and distrurbing portrait of one of the 20th century's most notorious figures. Special features: A 2001 interview with Barbet Schroeder ; a timeline of Ugandan history ; documentation of Idi Amin's requested cuts to the film. 1974. 90 min.

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 the 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. This documentary reveals the efforts put forth by the Northern Uganda people to rehabilitate the children fortunate enough to escape Kony's army.

The Cultural Music of the People and Church of Eastern Africa

A look at songs, hymns and dances by performers from various countries in East Africa, particularly Uganda, Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya. 2004. 34 min.

The Debt Police. Life, Part 29

Uganda has recently benefited from a debt relief initiative, but in a country where corruption is rife, is this relief really going to reach the poor? This program travels in rural Uganda with the Uganda Debt Network, an NGO working to ensure that this aid does reach the poor and improves their lives, and reports on the thriving anti-corruption movement that has sprung up, with popular theater and campaigning schoolchildren. (For other installments of series, see Global Issues and Events) c2000. 24 min.

Uganda, Dellusion [sic] or Democracy? (Africa: Search for Common Ground; 5)

Part of a series profiling formal efforts by various Sub-Saharan African countries to peacefully resolve contemporary conflicts. The first film goes on the road with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, the popular "Africanist" leader of a system called "no-party democracy"--very different from the one-party states that characterized post-independence Africa. The second film profiles the work of ECOMOG, which West African neighbors of Liberia have sent to help stabilize the country. After a dismal start, the Nigerian-led ECOMOG has been getting the job done.