War Child

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Star Emmanuel Jal returns to Sudan where he served as a child soldier.

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  • An uplifting journey weighed down by dry, humdrum convention (attack of the talking heads!); this is social-studies homework, not nourishment for the soul.

    November 19, 2008 | Full Review…
  • War Child, a documentary about the hip-hop artist Emmanuel Jal, is a bit ragged and repetitive, but certainly this young man's life is amazing proof that one person really can make a difference.

    November 14, 2008 | Rating: 3/5
  • We know that Jal was a child soldier, but we get no background on the practice, and there is a surprising lack of outrage or passion of any sort in all but one of the commentators who provide analysis.

    June 12, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/10 | Full Review…
  • A more linear, shorter narrative that featured a few less musical interludes by Mr. Jal would have improved this documentary considerably.

    August 30, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The content and the editing of this documentary are sharp... Poignant and a call to action.

    July 4, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • War Child, like Jal's music, is nearly critic-proof: Its noble intentions and horrific subject matter insist that you pay attention and then gush about how inspiring it is.

    December 6, 2008

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