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War Child the movie debuts in DC this Friday at the E Street Cinema.

War Child is the directorial debut of 30 year old Washingtonian C. Karim Chrobog.  It chronicles the life of Emmanuel Jal – Sudanese child soldier turned international hip hop star (he was just up for an MTV award, played Live 8, with Alicia Keys, J Timberlake and also at Mandela’s 90th birthday party).  Below is a quick blurb from the movie’s website:

“Left home at the age of seven/one year later I’m carryin’ an Ak-47.” For hip hop artist Emanuel Jal, a former child soldier in Sudan’s brutal civil war, these lyrics are hardly empty posturing. They are the bitter reality of a young man who was “forced to sin” but determined to “never give up and never give in.” Today, wounded but still hopeful, he fights a new battle: bringing peace to his beloved Sudan and building schools in Africa. This time, his weapon is a microphone.

Audiences around the world are raving about “War Child” and it even won Audience Choice at TriBeCa IFF this year.

Added perk:  Reel U Films (the distributor) is kicking back 25% of the distribution fees to GUA Africa – Jal’s organization established to build schools in Sudan.

We challenge all FamousDC readers in DC to go see this movie.  And as our added perk, if you write a review about the movie and send it to us at [email protected] – we’ll feature it on our front page.