Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars
A Band of Refugees Find Power Through Music

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Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars
An uplifting story of six Sierra Leonean musicians who came together to form a band while living as refugees in the Republic of Guinea. A brutal civil war (1991-2002) forced…
Refugee Rolling
Refugee Rolling is a featurette that picks up the band's story as they prepare for their first journey to America. The short films follows them on an inspiring jorney that…
Musical Mission
In 2002, just before filmmakers Zach Niles and Banker White met Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, they traveled through Guinea, meeting different musicians and playing music with them. Here are…
On the Conflict in Sierra Leone
To explain the political context of the film Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, Idrissa Conte from the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) talks about the violence on civilians that resulted…
The Story Behind the Song 'SodaSoap'
"Sodasoap" is one of the hits off of the All Stars' album Living Like a Refugee. Band member Reuben explains what sodasoap is, talks about the origins of the song…
The Monthly Supply
This clip shows Guinean citizens receiving their monthly grain and oil supplies.
Black Nature
Black Nature, featured in Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, was only eleven years old when the rebel army entered Freetown, and was orphaned and tortured by the soldiers. As a…
SoulRas
After the completion of Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, the All Stars played concerts around the world. Watch a clip of the band in Japan at the Fuji Rock Festival,…

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