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The Redemption of General Butt Naked (2011)

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Tells the story of Joshua Milton Blahyi - aka General Butt Naked - a brutal warlord who murdered thousands during Liberia's horrific 14-year civil war. Today, the General has renounced his ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Joshua Milton Blahyi Jr. ...
Himself - Blahyi's son
Janice Blahyi ...
Herself - Blahyi's daughter
Joshua Blahyi ...
Himself (as Joshua Milton Blahyi)
Josie Blahyi ...
Herself - Blahyi's wife
Makayla Blahyi ...
Herself - Blahyi's daughter
Sartee Bropleh ...
Himself - ex-soldier of Gen. Butt Naked
Samuel K. Doe ...
Himself (archive footage)
Emmanuel ...
Himself - former soldier for Gen. Butt Naked
David Johnson ...
Himself - ex-bodyguard to Gen. Butt Naked (as Senegalese)
David Johnson ...
Himself - Ex-Bodyguard to Gen. Butt Naked (as Senegalese)
Prince Yormi Johnson ...
Himself - former warlord
John Kun Kun ...
Himself (as Bishop John Kun Kun)
Lovetta ...
Herself - family killed by Gen. Butt Naked
Dekhanso McCarthy ...
Himself - family killed by Gen. Butt Naked
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Tells the story of Joshua Milton Blahyi - aka General Butt Naked - a brutal warlord who murdered thousands during Liberia's horrific 14-year civil war. Today, the General has renounced his violent past and reinvented himself as Evangelist Joshua Milton Blahyi. This portrait takes viewers on Joshua's crusade to redeem his past, as he confronts his victims and attempts to rehabilitate the former child soldiers who once fought for him. Whatever you make of him -- liar or madman, charlatan or genuine repentant -- the film challenges viewers to ask important questions about both the power and the limits of forgiveness, amid a nation's search for healing and justice. Written by Anonymous

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Excellent, but hard to watch
16 January 2012 | by (North Hollywood, CA) – See all my reviews

My problems with this film had absolutely nothing to do with the filmmakers who have done an excellent job of recording both an individual and a national story, not, I would think, without some risk, if only because they spent a a great deal of time with their subject in a country where he has good reason to be hated. Just below the surface of the story of the evangelist/former genocidal soldier General Butt Naked, lies the whole anguished story of numerous countries trying to recover from hideous tragedy by confronting the truth and even rendering some justice, but not so much that old wounds are torn open. Moral ambivalence is all over this film and it is very personal as the former General goes about seeking forgiveness from people to whom he or his have done unspeakable things. Do they really forgive him, or does the camera call forth a certain desire to play the role called for? The question lingers all through the meetings in question (some with people living with striking nobility in the most abject of circumstances). And the newly minted evangelist does do some admirable things and have some admirable effects, but his personal courage is also fitful and another question that necessarily lingers is the degree to which he has remained a wily manipulator. This was not an easy film to watch, not least because it keeps its sickening contradictions clearly in view. I'm glad I saw it, but I wouldn't want to watch many like it in a week or even a year.


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