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LOST CHILDREN

LOST CHILDREN
photo © David Baltzer/Zenit

Almost unknown to the worldwide public, Northern Uganda has been suffering for 18 years in the longest war in Africa. The rebels of the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) are fighting against the government of Uganda. They abduct children and force them to kill among their own people.

LOST CHILDREN is a portrait of four children between the ages of 8 to 14 years who escaped the rebels and just want to be children again. But they return home to be branded as killers.


Ali Samadi Ahadi was born in 1972 in Iran and took his final school examinations in Hanover where he also studied Sociology and Electronic Media Design followed by Film in Kassel. He has been working as an independent director and editor since 2000. A selection of his films includes: AFRICA-MAYIBUYE (2002), CULTURE CLAN (2003), LOST CHILDREN (2005, in co-direction with Oliver Stoltz), SALAMI ALEIKUM (2009), THE GREEN WAVE (2010), 45 MINUTES TO RAMALLAH (2013), and PETTSON AND FINDUS (2014).

Oliver Stoltz was born in 1969 in Bonn and studied Film in Potsdam-Babelsberg and Los Angeles. Active as an independent producer, he founded the production company Dreamer Joint Venture in 1997. He has (co-)produced a number of films, including: Eclipse Rave (1994), Rache (TV, 1995), Herr, Frau und Hund (1995), Knockin' on Heaven's Door (1996), Herzbeben (TV, 1997), Kai Rabe gegen die Vatikankiller (1998), Schluss mit lustig! (TV, 2001), Wie man seinen Ex verlaesst (TV, 2003), and directed the documentary Lost Children (2005, in co-direction with Ali Samadi Ahadi).
Genre Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2005
Directors Ali Samadi Ahadi, Oliver Stoltz
Screenplay Ali Samadi Ahadi, Oliver Stoltz
Cinematography Maik Behres
Ali Samadi Ahadi
Ali N. Askin
Producer Oliver Stoltz
Production Company Dreamer Joint Venture Filmproduktion/Berlin, in co-production with ARTE, WDR
Length 98 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 Ancholi, English
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Sound Technology Dolby Digital, Dolby SR
Festivals Berlin 2005 (Panorama), HotDocs Toronto 2005, Montreal World 2005, Rio 2005, Warsaw 2005, Ghent 2005, Doc Aviv 2006, Shanghai Television Festival 2006
Awards Third Panorama Audience Award Berlin 2005, UNICEF Award Ghent 2005, German Film Award 2006 (Best Documentary)
With backing from Nordmedia

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