For the first time in history, a former child soldier is being indicted at the International Criminal Court in The Hague (ICC). The Film follows his defence team at the ICC and in Uganda, as they gather evidence, materials, and witnesses.
Ugandan, Dominic Ongwen is the first ex-child soldier to be indicted in International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes. At nine years old he was abducted by Joseph Kony’s Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), his parents murdered, he was tortured, brainwashed and forced to kill. His chief council is Krispus Ayena, a top-notch lawyer and a former member of parliament, four of his brothers were victims of the LRA. Defending the Beast follows Ayena as he prepared for Ongwen’s defence and asks questions about the justice system, culpability and how a community recovers from trauma and how to deal with returning child-soldiers.
Filmmakers: Lukasz Konopa & Emil Langballe