Ballad of the Little Soldier (Ballade vom kleinen Soldaten)
A film about indigenous Contra child soldiers tragically caught up in
the Miskito Indian resistance of Nicaragua. A tribute to all those
children who are being forced to fight wars at ever younger ages in
ever larger numbers. Written and directed by Werner Herzog and Denis
Reichle. 1984. 45 min.
Children of War.
This chilling feature tells the story of Acholi school girls from St.
Mary's College in Northern Uganda who were abducted by the Lord's
Resistance Army to serve as child soldiers. Of the 250,000 child
soldiers worldwide, many are used as sexual servants, spies, porters
and frontline grunts. These unwilling combatants often find themselves
subject to disease, physical assault and rape. Includes interviews
with one of the girls who escaped and survived the ordeal, a teacher
and the assistant headmistress at St. Mary's College who recounts the
night of her students' abduction and the torturous process of trying
to secure their release. Dist.: Witness Project. 2000. 7 min.
A Child's Century of War
From the perspective of children, takes the viewer on a journey
through the past century, examining the way in which modern wars have
increasingly threatened and targeted children. Three contemporary
conflicts are at the heart of the film. Telling their stories in their
own voices, we hear from orphans of the two recent Chechen wars, from
children in Hebron on the West Bank and from the abducted, raped and
amputated children of Sierra Leone. c2001. 90 min. (Icarus films)
Soldier Child: Kidnapped Innocence
Since 1990, the people of Northern Uganda have watched in horror as
tens of thousands of children have been kidnapped from their homes,
marched to the Sudan, and then trained as child soldiers in a rebel
army. Acholi rebel-leader and religious fanatic Joseph Kony abducts
Acholi children indiscriminately, brainwashes them, and then forces
them to commit indescribable atrocities against their own families and
friends. This documentary reveals the efforts put forth by the
Northern Uganda people to rehabilitate the children fortunate enough
to escape Kony's army. Directed and photographed by Neil Abramson.
1998. 55 min. (home video distributors)
> Hello, everyone.
> My university is searching for two films to compliment the book A Long Way
> Gone: Memoirs of a Child Soldier by Ishmael Beah, which everyone on
> campus will be encouraged to read for the fall.
> A Long Way Gone is Beah's first-hand account of being pressed into
> service as a child soldier in the war-torn country of Sierra Leone. His
> story of a childhood lost and an adulthood found is an inspiring journey
> from heartbreaking tragedy to hope and redemption.
> Possible movies mentioned:
> Cry Freetown
> Africa: War is Business
> Sierra Leone's Refugees All-Stars
> Ezra (the description of this one sounds amazing to me)
> God Grew Tired of Us
> Bling: A Planet Rock (Ishmael Beah is in this film)
> Johnny Mad Dog
> War Dance was also mentioned, but we've played it twice already, so I will
> be encouraging the use of other titles.
> If you have seen any of these films and can comment on the suitability of
> them or if you have other films you would recommend instead, I would be
> happy to receive messages from you.
> Sandra F. Jackson
> Film Program Coordinator
> Lumina Theater & Sharky's Box Office
> UNCW Presents
> The University of North Carolina Wilmington
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