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Co-directors/Co-producers: Zach Niles, Banker White
Year: 2005 Countries: Guinea, Sierra Leone Length: 88 Minutes
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2006, Filmmaker Award and Audience Award
Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2005, Best of the Fest Award
AFI Festival 2005, Grand Jury Prize, Best Documentary
SYNOPSIS (Courtesy of WeOwnTV.org)
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars tells the uplifting story of a group of six Sierra Leonean musicians who came together to form a band while living as refugees in the Republic of Guinea. A brutal civil war (1991-2002) forced them from their homes in Sierra Leone. Despite the unimaginable horrors of civil war, they were saved through their music.
Through music they find a place of refuge, a sense of purpose and a source of power. The film follows the band over the course of three years as they make the difficult decision to return to their war-torn country and realize their dream of recording an album of their original music.