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A beautiful film on a terrible subject

The Human Rights Watch film shares a dark piece of Kenya's recent political history.
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A Kenyan store owner sits in Nairobi on Jan. 1, 2008, amid the burned out remains of what used to be a second-hand clothes market that was destroyed by looters during a wake of violence that engulfed the country after disputed presidential elections. (AFP/Getty Images)

Hundreds of men are missing, their bodies dumped on hillsides that are guarded by the military, cut off from grieving widows.

The killings came in the run-up to and during Kenya’s disputed 2007 elections in the Mount Elgon area in the far west of the country.

Civilians were tortured and killed first by a militia with links to a local politician, and then by the army sent in to quell the unrest.

Three years on Human Rights Watch returned to Mount Elgon and produced this beautifully shot and heart-rending film on a dark shard of Kenya’s recent political history, reminding us that without justice there can be no forgiveness and little chance of peace.

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