Imagine a world without children. In such a world, Aloyo, a twelve-year-old girl from Uganda, tells the story of the children’s return following the war. Since 1986, Northern Uganda has been a place of constant conflict by the rebellion forces of the Lord’s Resistance Army. Over 75,000 children have been abducted and forced to spend part of their childhood as soldiers in the bushes. Follow Aloyo as she plays a make-believe war game that hits too close to home, into open fields and forest where gunfire still echoes like ghosts, and through ruined and lively villages, as she reclaims stories about the children the war took away.
Mixing the tradition of African oral storytelling told around the fire with virtual reality, Children Do Not Play War immerses the viewer in Uganda’s quest for redemption, hope, and healing.
Children Do Not Play War, GO’s VR for Good project, premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, and was recently selected for the BAFTA-Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival held in the UK in November.
The film, presented by Oculus and GO Campaign, tells the story of war through the eyes of a young girl from our Ugandan partner, Children of Peace Uganda (CPU). CPU helps former child soldiers and children affected by war. Check out Children Do Not Play War at a VR film festival near you, and learn more about the real change GO Campaign is making in children’s lives, all over the world.
Filmmaker: Fabiano Mixo