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Ariadne Asimakopoulos & Maartje Wegdam, 2017 76 minutes Netherlands Acholi, English 9 October 2017 English

Sixteen years after rebels abducted him as a child, Opono Opondo returns home to Uganda as an adult man. Now he has to re-adapt to civil society.

Opono grew up to become a war commander in the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) of Joseph Kony. Now, Opono must fight for acceptance back home, in a place where he doesn't know the codes and conventions and where the neighbours fear him.

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. 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 dominate Opono's thoughts.

NO PLACE FOR A REBEL bears witness to the grim reality of a former rebel who tries to break the mould after his return to civil society. The film is an intimate account, a journey into Opono's world, complicated by the trauma from a violent past as much as from being silenced in the present. Yet above all, the film shows the courageous attempt of a human being to reshape his fate.