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      War Child

      PG-13 Released Nov 14, 2008 1 hr. 34 min. Documentary List
      50% 6 Reviews Tomatometer 79% 100+ Ratings Audience Score Star Emmanuel Jal returns to Sudan where he served as a child soldier. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member A moving documentary that provides insight on the horrific problems in Sudan as told by a former child soldier, now music artist. Through old and new footage as well as his music, Emmanuel Jal recounts his story and his return home to see his family. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Good simple insight and overview into the political scene in Sudan. I love Emmanuel Jal, and it was wonderful to hear more of his story. Beautiful example of forgiveness & redemption. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member Though Jal is a very meaningful person and his story is so thoughtful, the film stays as a too self-promotional sense, and I really want to "kill" that director who ruined the whole story, which sold his message of "US is everything"!!! > <" Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member A well-shot documentary, the editing is persecuted well. A powerful movie and this is the first time i can get to know the first-person view from a former child soldier. While watching the movie I didn't feel self-promotional at all, instead i was thinking how touching it is that he's willing to share his traumatic experience with us. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member Very well documented! It's touching and moving. You will feel what it is like without peace and human rights! If you are a human, then you will definitely shed tears. Besides, his strong music tells stories of voiceless. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member A very inspiring film that is also very well shot, it will keep you glued to the screen throughout. It gives a history of a conflict, but instead of faceless statistic, focuses on one young man's story, making it so much easier to relate to. War child is definitely worth seeing. Two thumbs up. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Aaron Hillis Village Voice An uplifting journey weighed down by dry, humdrum convention (attack of the talking heads!); this is social-studies homework, not nourishment for the soul. Nov 19, 2008 Full Review Neil Genzlinger New York Times War Child, a documentary about the hip-hop artist Emmanuel Jal, is a bit ragged and repetitive, but certainly this young man's life is amazing proof that one person really can make a difference. Rated: 3/5 Nov 14, 2008 Full Review Ian Buckwalter DCist We know that Jal was a child soldier, but we get no background on the practice, and there is a surprising lack of outrage or passion of any sort in all but one of the commentators who provide analysis. Rated: 3.5/10 Jun 12, 2010 Full Review Sonny Bunch Washington Times A more linear, shorter narrative that featured a few less musical interludes by Mr. Jal would have improved this documentary considerably. Rated: 2.5/4 Aug 30, 2009 Full Review Amber Wilkinson Eye for Film The content and the editing of this documentary are sharp... Poignant and a call to action. Rated: 3.5/5 Jul 4, 2009 Full Review Tricia Olszewski Washington City Paper War Child, like Jal's music, is nearly critic-proof: Its noble intentions and horrific subject matter insist that you pay attention and then gush about how inspiring it is. Dec 6, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Star Emmanuel Jal returns to Sudan where he served as a child soldier.
      Christian Karim Chrobog
      Executive Producer
      Gabrielle Allen, Roshanak Ameli-Tehrani
      Reelu Films
      Production Co
      Interface Media Group
      PG-13 (Images Involving War|Thematic Material|Related Atrocities)
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Nov 14, 2008, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 22, 2016
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