Former ‘boy soldier’ for Derry

Emmanuel Jal will be in Derry later this week at the Foyle Film Festival.
Emmanuel Jal will be in Derry later this week at the Foyle Film Festival.
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Emmanuel Jal, a former child soldier of Sudan’s brutal civil war and now a critically acclaimed hip-hop artist, will be in Derry later this week for the annual Foyle Film Festival.

Jal will screen and discuss, “War Child”, which recounts the story of his life through his words and music and features remarkable film footage dating back to his childhood.

The screening - which will include a special introduction and post-screening discussion with Emmanuel - will take place on Thursday morning at 10am at The Nerve Centre.

As Emmanuel travels the world, 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.

His personal story and work embody key characteristics to contemporary practice in social healing and reconciliation including story-telling, the gift of sanctuary, universal human rights, global citizenship, the transformational power of creative expression and building for shared futures.