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Global Focus: Her name is Beatrice, my name is Lara
Lara Rosenoff
"Her Name is Beatrice, My Name is Lara: experiences in witnessing, internal displacement and conflict in Northern Uganda after 23 years of war" is a documentary project examining a documentary’s potentials and pitfalls in critical 'witnessing,' while exploring how voices from those living in the centre of conflict can challenge dominant media and humanitarian narratives. A photo- and video-based exhibition will be featured in the Liu Institute's lobby starting 14 January 2010.
 

At certain stages in the 23-year conflict in Northern Uganda, over 1.8 million people, or 90% of the northern population, had been displaced into severely overcrowded and squalid internally displaced person’s (IDP) camps, resulting in “almost 1000 excess deaths every week…” (Ugandan Ministry of Health, 2005). It is also estimated that one in five girls and one in three boys in northern Uganda have been abducted at some point by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group and were forced to be child soldiers. Although a ceasefire between the LRA and the Ugandan Government had been signed in August 2006, it has since run out without producing a peace agreement. The LRA and their infamous leader, Joseph Kony, continue to be active in neighbouring Sudan, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Her Name is Beatrice, My Name is Lara: experiences in witnessing, internal displacement and conflict in Northern Uganda after 23 years of war is a documentary project manifested in several forms. The various forms and means of dissemination examine a documentary’s potentials and pitfalls in critical “witnessing,” while exploring how voices from those living in the centre of conflict can challenge dominant media and humanitarian narratives.

Lara Rosenoff, PhD student and Liu Scholar, returned three times over two years to visit Beatrice in Padibe Internally Displaced Person's Camp in Northern Uganda. A photo- and video-based exhibition that Ms. Rosenoff has put together is part of their story and will be featured in the Liu Institute's lobby in 2010. For more information on the exhibition opening event, Arts and Mass Violence: New Forms of Engagement, to be held January 14, 2010, please visit the Liu Institute events calendar.

Related media:

Her Name is Beatrice (http://www.hernameisbeatrice.com/)
Personal webpage of Lara Rosenoff (
http://www.lararosenoff.com/)

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