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Sixteen years after rebels abducted him as a child, Opono Opondo returns home to Uganda as an adult war commander. Now he has to readapt to civil society.

Opono grew up to become a war commander in the Lord’s Resistance Army of Joseph Kony. Sixteen years after his abduction by the rebels, Opono must now fight for acceptance back home, in a place where he doesn’t know how to act and where the neighbors fear him. The film follows Opono’s fight for his future, while simultaneously struggling to come to terms with his past and to reconcile with his family.

While Opono pursues a new career as a carpenter - he opens a shop and designs business cards – he attempts to reconnect with the people closest to him: his brother, his uncle and his best friend who used to be in the LRA with him. A daytrip to visit his mom painfully exposes how the scars of war still continue to divide them.

One day Opono’s former comrade, LRA top commander Dominic Ongwen, is captured and taken to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Ongwen is charged with seventy counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Questions of accountability start to consume Opono’s thoughts when, suddenly, he gets an opportunity. Opono makes an important decision to save his future.


Length:        76 minutes  

Language:   Acholi & English  

Subtitles:     English & Dutch  

Format:       16:9 Widescreen

For more information and the director's statement visit the website.


WINNER BEST FEATURE FILM Justice Film Festival (New York City) International Premiere.


Written and directed by:          Ariadne Asimakopoulos & Maartje Wegdam

Cinematography:                      Maartje Wegdam

Editor:                                        Merel Notten

Location Sound:                        Ariadne Asimakopoulos

Associate Producers:                Oloya Victor, Babette Wielenga 

Sound Design:                          Paul Pouwer, Joris Wolff

Additional Sound Editing:       Madoc van Zalk

Colorist:                                     Petro van Leeuwen

Post-Production Coordinator: Ilja Kok, Anjet Blinde

Original Music Score:               Merel Notten

Finishing & Online:                   Loods, Lux & Lumen - Ruud de Bruyn 

Additional Camera:                  Kilara Tony Bazilo Meyers

Artwork:                                     Susanne Keilhack

Consultants:                              Petra Lataster-Czich, Peter Lataster

Produced by Milos film in co-production with Copper Views film productions.

This project has been made possible by:

The Dutch Film Fund
Foundation for Democracy and Media
Free Press Unlimited / National Postcode Lottery Amsterdam Fund for the Arts
De Kootje Foundations
Stichting Pluspunt Individu
300 Crowdfunders

No Place for a Rebel is an outcome of the IDFA Summer School. 

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