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Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars
Actor: Reuben M. Koroma; Francis John Langba; Abduul Rahim Kamara; Efuah Grace; Alhadji Jefferey Kamara; Mohamed Bangura; Ashade Pearce
Director: Banker White; Zach Niles
Genres: Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
UR     2007     1hr 20min

Uplifting and courageous, this dramatic seven-time award-winning film by Zach Niles and Banker White tracks the journey of Sierra Leone s Refugee All Stars--a group of six musicians who formed a band after being displaced ...  more »

     
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Actor: Reuben M. Koroma; Francis John Langba; Abduul Rahim Kamara; Efuah Grace; Alhadji Jefferey Kamara; Mohamed Bangura; Ashade Pearce
Director: Banker White; Zach Niles
Genres: Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Documentary, Civil War, Music & Performing Arts, Politics
Studio: Docurama
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 08/14/2007
Original Release Date: 11/09/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 11/09/2005
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 20min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Suffering Transformed by Music
Dr. Thomas E. Parker | Chico, CA | 04/06/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a compelling and ultimately uplifting documentary about refugees from the civil war in Sierra Leone who come together in a refugee camp in Guinea, create a band, and begin to transform their suffering into beautiful music. The documentary includes images of war torn Sierra Leone, as well as the stories of the members of The Refugee All Stars, so there are some very disturbing segments. If you are interested in learning more about this I also recommend a book by Ishmael Beah "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier.""
Uplifting and touching film
California | 09/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie is a beautiful film about people rising above a tragic situation. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have recommended it to all of my friends. Definitely worth viewing."
A highly compelling story of music and hope
The Delite Rancher | Phoenix, Arizona | 09/14/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is the remarkable story of Sierra Leonean refugees who start a musical group in their Guinean camp. The movie documents the band's return to their homeland. The Refugee All Stars eventually make a record and encourage their fellow refugees to return. From the outside, this film may appear to be a downer given the weight of the topic. Contrarily, this story demonstrates how hope and courage can help us to overcome hardship. Beyond the social and political elements, the music is fantastic. The group's musical style alternates between highlife inspired Afropop and reggae. For good measure, light brush strokes of dancehall and hip-hop are employed. While recorded in the new millennium, the music is graced with a 'roots' sensibility. Viewers who are wooed by the songs should acquire the accompanying CD. "Living Like a Refugee" plays refined songs that were only rough drafts in the film. Not unlike "Buena Vista Social Club," this film documents an unknown musical group just prior to finding worldwide success. Indeed, this is now a global phenomenon, complete with live tours and film screenings all across the United States. The video production is excellent while the audio options include surround sound. The DVD is packed with bonus features including the trailer and the 'Refugee Rolling' featurette. "Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars" is an appealing watch on so many levels. It has music, humanity, drama, tragedy and triumph. Watch this film and experience the Refugee All Stars' phenomenon."