Written by: Michael Den Boer on March 9th, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: Canada, 2007
Director: Catherine Hebert
Writer: Catherine Hebert
Producers: Catherine Hébert, Brigitte Dion
DVD released: February 5th, 2008
Approximate running time: 84 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Acholi, Langi & English
Subtitles: English, French
DVD Release: Atopia
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $20.98
Everywhere you look today violence today’s other human beings is so rampant that some stories and conflicts don’t get the assistance they need. Take nation of Uganda is whose ongoing civil which has been dragged on for decades and yet no one offers to help resolve this conflict while there are other conflicts around the world which receive more attention and aide. May be part of reason why Uganda and its peoples suffering have been overlooked by the rest of the world might be because their own government leaders insist there is no war. In so many ways Uganda like the most of Africa has been forgotten by the most of world who continue to look the other way.
Catherine Hebert’s heartfelt documentary about the civil war which has torn apart the nation of Uganda is told from the perspective of handful of Ugandan’s and how the war has affected them personally. One of the most shocking things about The Other Side of the Country is just how much different the northern part of the country is when compared to the southern part of the country. Uganda may be one nation and yet its two regions which are separated by the Nile rive are like night and day.
The conflict in Uganda has been referred to as “One of the worst humanitarian crises in the world” which may not be far off considering that the civil war has forced 1.7 million people into camps in the northern part of the country for their protection. These camps where built for protection and yet they only further the suffering of those who live in them. Filmmaker Catherine Hebert approaches the subject matter masterfully by letting those who she interviews and their surroundings tell the story. The subject matter in the other Side of the Country is often bleak.
Ultimately this film perfectly gets its point across without ever being preachy and one can’t help but be moved the story that unfolds.
The Other Side of the Country is a documentary film which uses mostly recently shot footage which looks clean, clear, and colorful.
Throughout the film multiple languages are spoken which include Acholi, Langi and English. English and French subtitles have been included that are error free and easy to follow.
The only extra content included with this release is a trailer for The Other Side of the Country.
Atopia gives the powerful documentary The Other Side of the Country a solid release which presents the film and subject matter to its fullest.