A Haunting History

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Director: Femke & Ilse van Velzen | Countries of production: Netherlands | Year: 2015 | Length: 70 min
Language: English with English subtitles | Age: 15+ years

Screened as part of TOAFF16

A young lawyer returns to South Sudan with the fervent hope of seeing the rule of law overcome lawlessness and brutality.

Following a long and bloody civil war, South Sudan gained independence in 2011. Anuol Deng returns to the country of his birth after years in exile. He looks forward to applying the knowledge he has gained to play his part in building the world’s newest nation and, above all, to help establish a fair and robust legal system.

The challenges abound: Anuol struggles for acceptance – not only from the country’s authorities and institutions, but also his countrymen. Soon, a new civil war erupts; as the violence mounts and the guns return, Anuol is forced to flee once again.

A Haunting History captures the hope and frustration of a young man attempting to heal himself and his country by overcoming the trauma of violence through the fight for peace and justice.

This film was supported by the Bertha / Doc Society Journalism Fund.

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