War Child, an award-winning documentary directed by C. Karim Chrobog, chronicles the tumultuous, shocking, inspiring, and ultimately hopeful odyssey of Emmanuel Jal. A former child soldier of Sudan’s brutal civil war, he is now an emerging international hip hop star sharing a message of peace for his war-torn land and beloved Africa.
War Child tells the story of Jal’s life through his words and music, and remarkable film footage dating back to his childhood. Even at the age of seven, Emmanuel’s charisma were so evident that National Geographic focused their own 1980’s reportage on him as spokesperson for the children. Today, as Emmanuel travels the World, even into the halls of the US State Department, he takes us through his homeland’s tormented history of civil war, assesses the prospects for peace after the country’s 2005 ceasefire agreement, highlights the increasing problem of war children, and shines light on the growing African hip hop scene that is tackling the continent’s ills through its music.