War Child

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Filmmaker C. Karim Chrobog recounts the remarkable story of child soldier-turned-hip-hop star Emmanuel Jal in this documentary tracing the life of the Sudan-born rapper through the good times and the bad. Born in Tonj to a Sudanese Liberation Army soldier and a mother who died when he was just a child, Jal was eventually relocated to Ethiopia and trained as a soldier at the tender age of seven. In 1991, Jal and 400 other children abandoned the army. Only 12 of the children survived the exodus, and Jal was ...
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Filmmaker C. Karim Chrobog recounts the remarkable story of child soldier-turned-hip-hop star Emmanuel Jal in this documentary tracing the life of the Sudan-born rapper through the good times and the bad. Born in Tonj to a Sudanese Liberation Army soldier and a mother who died when he was just a child, Jal was eventually relocated to Ethiopia and trained as a soldier at the tender age of seven. In 1991, Jal and 400 other children abandoned the army. Only 12 of the children survived the exodus, and Jal was ultimately adopted by a woman working for a children's relief organization known as "Street Kids." After being smuggled into Kenya by his new mother, who was married to a rebel leader, Jal began attending school in Nairobi. When his mother died in a car crash in 1993, his friends all chipped in to help Jal continue his education. Twelve years later, the rising hip-hop star would storm the music charts with his hit single "Gua." Performing his songs in a unique combination of English, Arabic, and Swahili as well as two native Sudanese languages, Jal frequently sings about such pressing issues as the need for peace in such regions as Sudan -- a nation struggling to regain its balance in the midst of a violent civil war. In addition to being the spokesperson for "Stop the Use of Child Soldiers," Jal also assumed the role of ambassador for the development aid organization Oxfam in 2006.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/2010
  • UPC: 860381000002
  • Original Release: 2008
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  • Source: Indieblitz Releasing
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Emmanuel Jal Participant
John Prendergast Participant
Ted Dagne Participant
Dan McCarey Participant
Sally Dudmesh Participant
Technical Credits
C. Karim Chrobog Director, Producer
Roshanak Ameli-Tehrani Executive Producer
Nels Bangerter Editor
Charlie Barnett Score Composer
Rick Boden Executive Producer
Rick Eldridge Executive Producer
Ulf Gartzke Associate Producer
Emmanuel Jal Score Composer
Dal La Magna Executive Producer
Paul Lauer Executive Producer
Gabrielle Llewellyn Executive Producer
Afshin Molavi Producer
Pavel Sinev Sound/Sound Designer
Stanley J. Staniski Cinematographer
Jim Van Eerden Executive Producer
Jeff Weingarten Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- War Child
1. Chapter 1 [4:22]
2. Chapter 2 [4:23]
3. Chapter 3 [4:47]
4. Chapter 4 [1:31]
5. Chapter 5 [6:45]
6. Chapter 6 [3:30]
7. Chapter 7 [2:40]
8. Chapter 8 [7:35]
9. Chapter 9 [8:16]
10. Chapter 10 [5:19]
11. Chapter 11 [4:00]
12. Chapter 12 [7:30]
13. Chapter 13 [11:41]
14. Chapter 14 [8:08]
15. Chapter 15 [3:36]
16. Chapter 16 [5:05]
17. Chapter 17 [2:31]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- War Child
   Menu Group #3 with 17 chapter(s) covering 01:31:46
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