WRONG ELEMENTS

by Jonathan Littell
WRONG ELEMENTS

Informations

Nation: France, Germany, Belgium

Year: 2016

Length: 133'

34° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

Geofrey, Nighty, and Mike were kidnaped as teenagers and forcibly enrolled in the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army), a militia group that has been fighting against the Ugandan government since 1989. The group was founded by the notorious Joseph Kony, who believed he was guided by spirits. The three boys, along with sixty thousand other kids, participated in battles and every kind of atrocity that was perpetrated. They still carry the wounds inside, dealing with them on a daily basis, and unlikely to ever fully heal. They are surrounded by a society that rejects them, that considers them wrong elements. Meanwhile, more than twenty-five years have gone by and Joseph Kony is still fighting in the jungle at the head of the LRA. [rm]

Director

Jonathan Littell

Jonathan Littell

Jonathan Littell is a French-American journalist and writer who worked extensively with the NGO Action Against Hunger in countries like Bosnia, Chechnya, Afghanistan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He published several works, including: the novel The Kindly Ones (ed. HarperCollins), which received the Grand Prix from the Académie Française; the essays Tchétchénie An III, and Le sec et l’humide; Syrian Notebooks: Inside the Homs Uprising, a collection of articles he wrote during his three weeks in Syrian town of Homs (originally published by “Le Monde”); and Triptych: Three Studies after Francis Bacon. The documentary Wrong Elements marks his debut behind the camera, and was screened out of competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Filmography:
Wrong Elements (doc., 2016).

Cast and Credits

regia/director
Jonathan Littell
fotografia/cinematography
Joachim Philippe, Johann Feindt
montaggio/film editing
Marie-Hélène Dozo
suono/sound
Yolande Decarsin, Yves Comeliau
produttore/producer
Jean-Marc Giri
produzione/production
Veilleur de nuit
coproduttori/coproducers
Thomas Kufus, Benoît Roland
coproduzione/coproduction
Zero One Film, Wrong Men


contatti/contacts
Le Pacte
Ioana Dragomirescu
i.dragomirescu@le-pacte.com
www.le-pacte.com

Director statement

“Why, then, the LRA? I believe this particular case puts something essential at stake: our very conception of the notions of “torturer,” “killer,” and “crime.” What happens with the concept of wrongdoing and responsibility when the perpetrator, kidnapped as a child, becomes, within the only system of reference left to him, a willful killer?”

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Geofrey, Nighty, and Mike were kidnaped as teenagers and forcibly enrolled in the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army), a militia group that has been fighting against the Ugandan government since 1989. The group was founded by the notorious Joseph Kony, who believed he was guided by spirits. The three boys, along with sixty thousand other kids, participated in battles and every kind of atrocity that was perpetrated. They still carry the wounds inside, dealing with them on a daily basis, and unlikely to ever fully heal. They are surrounded by a society that rejects them, that considers them wrong elements. Meanwhile, more than twenty-five years have gone by and Joseph Kony is still fighting in the jungle at the head of the LRA. [rm]

Director All about direction

Jonathan Littell

Jonathan Littell

Jonathan Littell is a French-American journalist and writer who worked extensively with the NGO Action Against Hunger in countries like Bosnia, Chechnya, Afghanistan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He published several works, including: the novel The Kindly Ones (ed. HarperCollins), which received the Grand Prix from the Académie Française; the essays Tchétchénie An III, and Le sec et l’humide; Syrian Notebooks: Inside the Homs Uprising, a collection of articles he wrote during his three weeks in Syrian town of Homs (originally published by “Le Monde”); and Triptych: Three Studies after Francis Bacon. The documentary Wrong Elements marks his debut behind the camera, and was screened out of competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Filmography:
Wrong Elements (doc., 2016).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia/director
Jonathan Littell
fotografia/cinematography
Joachim Philippe, Johann Feindt
montaggio/film editing
Marie-Hélène Dozo
suono/sound
Yolande Decarsin, Yves Comeliau
produttore/producer
Jean-Marc Giri
produzione/production
Veilleur de nuit
coproduttori/coproducers
Thomas Kufus, Benoît Roland
coproduzione/coproduction
Zero One Film, Wrong Men


contatti/contacts
Le Pacte
Ioana Dragomirescu
i.dragomirescu@le-pacte.com
www.le-pacte.com

Director statement Read more

“Why, then, the LRA? I believe this particular case puts something essential at stake: our very conception of the notions of “torturer,” “killer,” and “crime.” What happens with the concept of wrongdoing and responsibility when the perpetrator, kidnapped as a child, becomes, within the only system of reference left to him, a willful killer?”