Wed Mar 1, 2017 – 7:30 pm | Domenico’s
A Brilliant Genocide
Directed by Ebony Butler
Australia | 1 hr 15 min | 2016
“A Brilliant Genocide” is an expose of the brutal campaigns by the Yoweri Museveni regime to wipe out a significant part of Uganda’s Acholi people under the guise of crushing a rebellion by The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). It lays bare the atrocities committed by Museveni’s army against the Acholi people of Northern Uganda since 1986 when he seized power.
The documentary is a counterpoint to #Kony2012 which brought worldwide awareness to the crimes committed by the LRA under rebel leader Joseph Kony when the video became the most watched viral video of all time, with over 100 million views. “A Brilliant Genocide” contests popular narratives that pin Kony as the world worst criminal and the one responsible for the 20 year long war.
Director, Producer, Editor
Ebony Butler is a Melbourne based filmmaker and human rights activist. She has a passion for creating films that educate and that have the potential to inspire social and political change. She is also the founder and director of not-for-profit organization ‘Bikes 4 Life’ which provides vital transport to impoverished and war-ravaged regions in Uganda, Tanzania, Cambodia and other neglected communities around the world.
Ebony has been in the industry for over ten years graduating from Sound Audio Engineering Institute (SAE) in 2007. After film school she established Atlantic Star Productions, a small production company that produced corporate media and short form content. Outside of the corporate video world Ebony maintained involvement with creative productions such as short films, music videos, short documentaries and experimental videography and editing projects.
She has a passion for the arts and enjoys acting and directing but her professional career has been dominated with roles as a camerawoman, producer, editor, or sometimes all three. She has produced; directed and edited at least 15 short films and has plans to test her ability with feature narrative films in the coming years.