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Sierra Leone Film List

Format: VHS
Language: In English and other local language(s) with English voiceover or subtitles; closed captioned.
Run Time: 47 Min.
Description: This documentary travels to Rwanda and Sierra Leone and reveals the impact of armed conflict on modern warfare’s latest target-children. This program reveals what international leaders and volunteers are doing to help war-affected children reclaim
Genre: Documentary

Format: VHS
Run Time: 90 Min.
Description: From the perspective of children, A child’s century of war takes the viewer on a journey through the past century, examining the way in which modern wars have increasingly threatened and targeted children and covering recent conditions in Chechnia, Hebron, and Sierra Leone.
Genre: Documentary

Format: VHS
Language: In English and Mende with English subtitles.
Run Time: 52 Min.
Description: The film "tells an amazing scholarly detective story reaching across hundreds of years and thousands of miles from 18th century Sierra Leone to the Gullah people of present-day Georgia. A song, still remembered by the female descendants of southeast coast rice plantation slaves and recorded by Lorenzo Turner in the 1930’s, is traced to its probable origin in a village in Sierra Leone. Its function in traditional burial ritual is reenacted by villagers for the visiting African-American family.
Genre: Documentary

Format: VHS
Run Time: 56 Min.
Description: A delegation of Gullah people travels from the United States to Sierra Leone to trace the roots of their heritage.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Blood diamond (2002)
Format: DVD; region 1
Language: Closed-captioned; dialogue in English, French or Spanish with optional subtitles in English, French or Spanish.
Run Time: 143 min.
Description: Danny Archer is an ex-mercenary turned smuggler. Solomon Vandy is a local Mende fisherman. Amid the explosive civil war overtaking 1999 Sierra Leone, these men join together for two dangerous missions: recovering a rare pink diamond of immense value and rescuing the fisherman’s son. The son was conscripted as a child soldier into the brutal rebel forces ripping a swath of torture and bloodshed across the alternately beautiful and ravaged countryside.
Genre: Drama

Title:  Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars (2005)
Format: DVD
Language: Chiefly in English with English subtitles
Run Time: 79 min.
Description: Six Sierra Leonean refugees living in the Sernbakounya Refugee Camp in Guinea form a band to share their belief in the healing power of music.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Sierra Leone: Soldiers of fortune (2004)
Format: VHS
Run Time: 35 min.
Description: To gain control of the diamond mines in Sierra Leone has been the fuel for wars in this African nation for years. It’s government forces, along with UN forces, have failed to defeat the RUF rebels. Looking back at UN failures, a UNAMSIL commander suggests mercenaries are an alternative to UN peacekeepers. But many fear the true interest behind these forces, and there is evidence that the diamond mining companies have hired the mercenaries. This highly provocative program contains exclusive footage of the mercenaries in battle, and asks if they can bring peace or only further destruction to war-torn Sierra Leone?
Genre: Documentary

Title: Children of war: a report from Jaques Pauw (2001)
Format: VHS
Run Time: 30 min.
Description: A documentary on Sierra Leone’s children of war; on the child soldiers who were drugged with cocaine to make them fight; and the child victims of mutilations.
Genre: Documentary