African Film: War Child about the life of Emmanuel Jal

Performing Diaspora

The second, and final film presented at this year’s “Contemporary Griot” Performing Diaspora 2013 event will be War Child.

War Child ( is the story of Emmanuel Jal, who at the age of seven left home and one year later was carrying an Ak-47 as a child soldier in Sudan’s brutal civil war. Today, wounded but still hopeful, Emmanuel Jal fights a new battle as a Hip Hop emcee: bringing peace to his beloved Sudan and building schools in Africa through the power of a microphone. A recipient of the 2008 Tribeca International Film Festival award for “audience choice,” War Child intersperses original interviews, live concerts, and rare footage of Emmanuel Jal as a seven year-old boy in this riveting documentary.

We are privileged to announce that Emmanuel Jal will also be present at the event and available following the screening of his film for questions.

Also that evening…

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