Interview with Karim Chrobog, director of War Child, a documentary about hip hop artist Emmanuel Jal, a former child soldier from SudanAugust 23, 2009 # 12:31 am # Armed Conflict, Human Rights # No Comment
Karim Chrobog graduated from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service in 2001. And I am honored to say he was a student in my Constitutional Law of United States Foreign Relations in the Spring of 2000.
The War Child website describes the film:
“Left home at the age of seven/one year later I’m carryin’ an Ak-47.” For hip hop artist Emmanuel Jal, a former child soldier in Sudan’s brutal civil war, these lyrics are hardly empty posturing. They are the bitter reality of a young man who was “forced to sin” but determined to “never give up and never give in.” Today, wounded but still hopeful, he fights a new battle: bringing peace to his beloved Sudan and building schools in Africa. This time, his weapon is a microphone. See why audiences from New York to Berlin to London rave about the award-winning film, War Child, and have embraced the hip-hop artist with a terrifying past and a gentle soul. Interspersing original interviews, live concerts, and rare footage of Jal as a seven year-old boy, War Child will make viewers cry, laugh, dance, and celebrate the power of hope.
The trailer is below: