SOURCE: Reel U Films

November 11, 2008 07:46 ET

"War Child" -- 2008 Winner of TriBeCa Film Festival's Audience Choice Award to Premiere in New York City November 14, 2008

Emmanuel Jal Joins Reel U Films to Premiere the Acclaimed Documentary That Chronicles His Life From Sudanese Child Soldier to Emerging International Hip-Hop Artist

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 11, 2008) - Reel U Films announced today that the award-winning film "War Child" will make its cinematic debut in New York City on November 14th and Washington D.C. on December 5th. "War Child" documents the tumultuous and inspiring tale of Emmanuel Jal -- a child soldier and victim of Sudan's brutal civil war turned rising hip-hop star and MTVu Woodie Award nominee.

The directorial debut for C. Karim Chrobog, "War Child" integrates a powerful narrative, interviews and musical performances with astonishing footage retrieved from National Geographic, featuring Jal as an eight-year-old boy soldier in Sudan.

"We spent the last three years traveling Kenya, across the U.S. and from the slums of Nairobi to the contested oil fields in Sudan to share Emmanuel's story through this film," said "War Child" Director Karim Chrobog. "The overwhelming response we've received at festivals around the globe certainly validates our long journey and hard work but I am anxious to share this film with the world. Emmanuel's story is one of the greatest tales of survival and hope of our time and is to inspire people from of all walks of life."

The winner of Truly Moving Pictures Film Festival's 2008 Crystal Heart, Tribeca International Film Festival Audience Choice Award, Maui International Film Festival Audience Choice Award, "War Child" was also named 'Best Documentary' at both the Norway Bergen and Bologna International Film Festivals.

"War Child" will be shown in New York from November 14th to the 20th at the Village East Cinema, Washington D.C.'s E Street Cinema from December 5th to the 11th and is available for purchase online November 14th at

To purchase advance tickets, watch the trailer, learn more about Reel U Films, the documentary's producers or distribution sponsors Yelp, and Afropop Worldwide visit

About Reel U Films & "War Child"

Founded by "War Child" Executive Producer Dal LaMagna in August of 2008, Reel U Films was created as a new paradigm for message-driven, documentary film distribution with a philanthropic mission. 25% of the "War Child" distribution fees will benefit non-profit, Gua Africa to build schools, housing, and medical facilities in Leer, Sudan. For more information visit

Contact Information

  • For media passes to today's press screening at 2.00 pm, the premiere event
    on November 14th or for interview opportunities with Emmanuel Jal, C. Karim
    Chrobog or Reel U Film's Dal LaMagna, contact:

    Matthew Dornic
    3 Dog Agency
    (m) +1 443.414.1393
    (o) +1 202.787.1807


    Maile Krauss
    3 Dog Agency
    (m) +1 650.575.6342
    (o) +1 202.250.3647