Refugee All Stars
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars (Docurama Films, 2007)
In recent years a group of musicians from sierra Leone have been traveling throughout the globe. The Refugee All Stars are some of the best musicians from Sierra Leone, who had to flee their country due to a very cruel civil war. The film Sierra Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars is not a live concert on DVD, but rather a documentary about the musicians: how and where they met and their eventual return to their home country.
The passionate film begins with an introduction about the war in Sierra Leone. Disturbing images show the cruelty of the rebels, who cut the limbs of many adults and children. Filmmakers Zack Niles and Banker White show how many Sierra Leoneans had to flee to neighboring Guinea and it was at a refugee camp that two of the musicians met and started collaborating.
Eventually the group added musicians and with the help of United Nations agency UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees), Reuben Koroma, Francis “Franco” Langba, Efuah Grace, Mohammed Bangura, Arahim Kamara and Alhadji “Black Nature” Kamara started touring throughout Guinea, performing at various refugee camps.
Recording sessions came afterwards, which became the group’s debut CD. The highlight of Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, however, is when several of the musicians return to the capital of Sierra Leone. Fear, painful memories, and mixed feelings, grip the musicians as they return to their home country.