Cotton Work

Cotton for the world - about cotton farmers in northern Uganda

Baumwollballen der Gulu Agricultua

Cotton from Gulu in Berlin

Acaye Christopher has only a vague idea of what happens to his cotton. He often sees the large pressed cotton bales being loaded onto trucks, but he is unaware of where they are delivered. Ato Evaline’s ideas are only slightly more precise. It will probably be made into clothing, and she has also seen “Cotton […]
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Night Commuters

For nearly twenty years, Northern Uganda endured the longest violent conflict in Africa. From 1987 to 2006, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), led by Joseph Kony, and the Ugandan army engaged in fierce battles in the districts of Pader, Kitgum, and Gulu. The LRA justified their actions as a fight against the Ugandan government, although […]
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Cotton farming in Africa

When Atto Evaline sets out to her “garden”, she goes to her cotton field. A path leads past sunflowers and numerous other plants until one finally stands in front of the cotton plants. Seemingly disorganized, contrary to European customs, not fields laid out at right angles, where the plants are already showing the first white balls of wool.
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We have to tell the good stories as well!

BACKGROUND

Cotton Work in the Gulu region – a story from East Africa.

Few stories have fascinated us as much in recent years as that of the Gulu Agricultural Development Company (GADC) in northern Uganda. For almost 20 years, war raged in the region between the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the Ugandan army. The rebel group displaced more than two million people, abducted thousands of children and committed numerous atrocities...

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Stefan Rennicke on a cotton cooperative in northern Uganda.

The documentary project COTTON WORK

The Documentation

Cotton Work is a film project that portrays the farmers of the Gulu Agricultural Development Company (GADC) and the cooperative itself in three short documentaries and places them in the context of the region’s eventful history.

Background

Few stories have fascinated us as much in recent years as that of the Gulu Agricultural Development Company (GADC) in northern Uganda. For almost 20 years, war raged in the region between the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the Ugandan army. The rebel group displaced more than two million people, abducted thousands of children and committed numerous atrocities. At its center was the town of Gulu.

Stories (Blog)

‘Cotton Work Stories’ shows the background to the documentary, introduces the people behind it and shows the development of the Gulu region. What connection is there to our lives in Europe and what new challenges are facing the region? Find out more about the fascinating stories and protagonists in this documentary.

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