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The story of a group of courageous musicians who form a band in a West African refugee camp to keep their hope alive. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Efuah Grace Ampomah ... Herself
Abdul Rahim Kamara ... Himself
Reuben Koroma ... Himself
Francis John Langba ... Himself

Directed by
Zach Niles 
Banker White 
Produced by
Matt Alvarez .... executive producer
Steve Bing .... executive producer
Jim Bruce .... co-producer
Ice Cube .... executive producer
Shelley Lazar .... executive producer
Alphonse Munyaneza .... co-producer
Zach Niles .... producer
Banker White .... producer
Original Music by
Reuben Koroma 
Chris Velan 
Joshua Winget 
Cinematography by
Christopher Jenkins  (as Chris Jenkins)
Andy Mitchell  (as Andrew Mitchell)
Banker White 
Film Editing by
Jim Bruce 
Banker White 
Sound Department
Dustin Cawood .... dialogue editor
Dustin Cawood .... sound effects editor
Dustin Cawood .... supervising sound editor
E.J. Holowicki .... music re-recording mixer
E.J. Holowicki .... supervising sound editor
Larry Oatfield .... dialogue editor (as E. Larry Oatfield)
Dan Olmsted .... additional sound re-recording mixer (as Dan Olmstead)
Juan Peralta .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Mattito Watson .... additional camera operator
Editorial Department
Chris Johnstone .... on-line editor
Ivan Landau .... editorial consultant
Music Department
Chris Velan .... musical director
Other crew
Winston Emano .... publicist
David Magdael .... publicist
Steven Wallace .... publicist
Anne Stulz .... publicist (uncredited)
Lloyd Taylor .... special thanks (as Lloyd and Susan Taylor)

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  • Skywalker Sound  Post Production Sound Services by (as a Lucasfilm Ltd. Company Marin County, California)
  • Skywalker Sound  Post-Production Sound Services

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"Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars" - USA (original title)
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Meet some wonder Musicans who struggled as refugees and made it, 15 July 2006
Author: mzober from Israel

We just saw this wonderful documentary at the 2006 Jerusalem Film Festival and would recommend it to everyone who has ever heard of West African High Life music and the tragedies of the 11 year civil war in Sierra Leone.

In Guinea, a group of talented Sierra Leonean refugees, constantly relocated from one miserable camp to another, decide to form a band to bring entertainment and a ray of sunshine. They conduct a musical tour of the camps and eventually are asked to perform a cut an album in Sierra Leone as part of the UN resettlement program.

While they are reluctant at first to go home, even for a short stay, they give in when they see that it make be a good economic decision for their musical careers.

The visit to Sierra Leone is both exhilarating and sad for the band members. They are very pleased to see old friends. On the other hand, the realize that serious damage has occurred - to Freetown's building and neighborhoods and also to those who remained behind.

When they return to the refugee camp in Guinea they encourage resettlement back in Sierra Leone. All but one of the band members do resettle.

You will love the music and learn of the hopes, fears and aspirations of these refugees who do become and are today true all stars.

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