“I Am Not Who They Think I Am” tells the story of Janet and Stella, two strong women from northern Uganda who were abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) when they were teenagers and bore children during their time in captivity. After eight years as hostages of Joseph Kony’s army, they escaped—together with their children—and are trying to reintegrate back into society in their hometowns, amidst stigma and rejection from their community. Despite their own victimizations as abductees to fight a war they didn't believe in, they and their children, are deemed criminals by their own communities.
Today, Stella and Janet are inspiring leaders who are demanding redress from society and government actors alike.
The International Center for Transitional Justice, a leading organization specializing in transitional justice, brought this story to MediaStorm to catalyze a conversation on the long-term consequences of wartime sexual violence. In co-creating this film, we hope to educate people on the issue; inspire them with Stella and Janet's story; and encourage policy makers and others to consider this serious issue when discussing issues of transitional justice.
“I Am Not Who They Think I Am” was first screened for local communities in Kampala and Gulu, in October. The events brought together victims, senior politicians, donors, media, and members of civil society for discussions on how to combat stigma and pressure the government on redress. Following these screening, its two protagonists, Janet Arach and Stella Lanam have been awarded the EU 2017 Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk.
The film’s New York premiere at the Open Society Foundation included a panel featuring Abigail Disney, of Fork Films; Lauren Wolfe, director of Women Under Siege; Tatyana Karanasios, deputy program director at WITNESS; and Sarah Kasande, the head of ICTJ’s office in Uganda. Client: International Center for Transitional JusticePublished:
February 2, 2017