War Child and Emmanuel Jal Added to “Contemporary Griot” Film Series

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

Film poster for "War Child"

Film poster for “War Child”

War Child (http://www.warchildmovie.com/) 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, a presentation of Roda Siad’s short documentary “In Between Stories,” a panel discussion, performances from Ghanaian-Canadian singer-songwriter Kae Sun (http://www.kaesunmusic.com/), gutarist Jeff Gunn and  Kenyan and Sudanese-Canadian spoken word artist Yusra Khogali (http://www.yusrakhogali.com/), and finally a keynote address by Dr. Pablo Idahosa (Faculty of Social Sciences and Coordinator of the African Studies Program at York University).

“Contemporary Griot” will take place on Monday February 4th from 3:30pm to 7:30 pm (please note the amended time) in the Founders College Assembly Hall at York University.

For those visiting us from off campus, please see our “directions” tab for campus maps and travel details on how to get to York University by public and personal transit.

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