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A UNHCR representative talks about the violence on civilians in Sierra Leone during its Civil War in 1999.

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All Star band member Reuben explains the origins of the song "Sodasoap."

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The All Stars find a manager in Texas and play at a music festival in Japan.

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Filmmakers travel through Guinea, meeting refugee musicians from Sierra Leone.

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Musician Black Nature was only eleven years old when he was orphaned and tortured by soldiers. He talks about what his music means to him.

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The Refugee All Stars perform at the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan.

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Hear what viewers in Seattle, WA, have to say about the characters in Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars.

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The Sierra Leon Refugee All Stars perform the song Weapon Conflict at the Sembakounya Refugee Camp in the Republic of Guinea.

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Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, a reggae-inflected band born in the camps of West Africa, represents a real-life story of survival and hope.

Filmmaker Interviews

Niles and White talk about how their film is an inspirational, uplifting story about Africa, which is unfortunately rare.

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Film Information

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars

Premiere Date: June 27, 2007

Photos: Download Here

Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmakers: Banker White, Zach Niles Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Critical Acclaim | Fact Sheet | Press Release | Media Alert: Focus on Africa


Banker White
Banker White
Zach Niles
Zach Niles

May they continue to use their 'pens,' their voices, their strings to bring happiness — no more war, no more guns..”

— jbmcd, Viewer


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Critical Acclaim

The story they tell, and tell well, is how the All Stars' songs ... first raise their own spirits, then those of their neighbors, then ... other camps too. The story told here is simple, and ultimately triumphant."

– Daniel M. Gold,
The New York Times

It's as easy to fall in love with these guys as it was with the Buena Vista Social Club."

– Vanessa Juarez

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