Ikland, the compelling new documentary from directors Cevin Soling and David Hilbert, follows their journey to Northern Uganda to learn whether anthropologist Colin Turnbull's 1972 assertion that the Ik were the 'worst people in the world' was indeed true. The result is a powerful account of Soling and his team of cinematographers, audio technicians, guides, educators, interpreters, handlers, and helpers, struggling through war-torn regions of deepest Africa.
The trek featured tense encounters with armed highwaymen, wild animals, and ultra-violent Ugandan rebels. Soling eventually finds the remote and hermitic tribe, and, in the end, lessons are learned and myths are shattered, on both sides.
The Ik were described as sadists who starved their own children and crapped in front of each others' homes for fun. They were reviled as the worst and most depraved beings on Earth, and it was recommended that their culture be destroyed for its own good.
No one has dared to film them in the 40 years since they were first studied.
The film was a recent winner in the documentary category at The Boston Film Festival. It also features a haunting soundtrack by musician Sacha Lucashenko, who has worked with Soling in the past.
Visit the film's site here: http://www.iklandmovie.com/