Film Premiere and Discussion: “I Am Not Who They Think I Am”
Date: February 2, 2017 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: Open Society Foundations Building, 224 West 57 Street, New York, NY
Film Premiere and Discussion
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Open Society Foundations Building
224 West 57 Street, New York, NY
Join the International Center for Transitional Justice for the launch of I Am Not Who They Think I Am, a short documentary narrating the struggle for redress of children born of wartime sexual violence in Northern Uganda. The film shines a light on the stigma facing children born to mothers who were abducted by the Lord Resistance Army (LRA), often when they were themselves children.
The documentary tells the story of Janet and Stella, two strong women from northern Uganda who were abducted by the LRA when they were teenagers and who bore children during their time in captivity. After eight years as hostages of Joseph Kony’s army, they escaped—together with their children—and reintegrated into society in Gulu. Far from remaining passive victims, Janet and Stella have become inspiring leaders.
From Uganda to Iraq, Nigeria to Colombia, the long-term consequences of wartime sexual violence—especially for children born as a result of it—are often overlooked by governments, international actors and the media. Through this film, we hope to catalyze a discussion on this issue and the role of film in justice activism.
A panel discussion will follow the film screening, featuring:
- Abigail Disney, documentary filmmaker and producer of the Women, War and Peace series
- Lauren Wolfe, Director, WMC Women Under Siege
- Tanya Karanasios, deputy program director of WITNESS
- Sarah Kasande, the head of ICTJ’s office in Uganda
- Moderator: Virginie Ladisch, director of ICTJ’s Children and Youth Program
This event is free and open to the public, but seats are limited. To secure your seat, please RSVP with your name to email@example.com