Ebony Atlanta Butler:

Check out this clip from my first trip to Uganda… Funny!

Originally posted on Child Troopers:

In 2009 I spent quite some time with the students and former child soldiers at Friends of Orphans Rehabilitation Centre in Pader, Northern Uganda. I was also lucky to re-unite with many of the youth when I returned to Northern Uganda earlier this year!

The short video clip below is from my first trip, and was taken on my second day at Friends of Orphans, just as I was getting to know the young women and children, who had in their recent pasts served as child soldiers in Joseph Kony‘s LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army).

The video is classic… Enjoy!

Ebony at Friends of Orphans from Ebony Butler on Vimeo.

Although my method is not a common technique used in child soldier rehabilitation and re-integration efforts (in fact I think it may have never been used anywhere in the world before this!) I do know…

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Child Troopers Teaser 1 from Ebony Butler on Vimeo.

This is the first cut of a teaser for my documentary film Child Troopers, about the war between Joseph Kony‘s LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) and the Ugandan Government.

Much more to come with new footage from Uganda 2012 so stay tuned!

See: www.atlanticstarproductions.com
www.faceook.com/childtroopers

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Dark Angels Trailer

Last year Atlantic Star Productions produced the 20 minute short film (musical drama)  ‘Dark Angels‘. Produced by Ebony Butler and Directed by David Raynor, this fantasy-thriller style musical drama also features the producer, Ebony Butler, and Australian actress Kate Neilson in the lead roles.

Check out the trailer below:

Dark Angels – Trailer from David Raynor and Ebony Butler on Vimeo.

DARK ANGELS is an edgy contemporary pop / musical drama.

Led by the enigmatic and charismatic ‘KEY’, the Dark Angels are a gang of young all-female vigilante spirits who terrorise men guilty of crimes against women: wife-beaters, sexual abusers, rapists and pedophiles.

Accompanied by music the Dark Angels execute well-choreographed dance routines as they capture and strip their victims before KEY, their, leader sits in judgement and administers punishment. The DARK ANGELS gain notoriety by tipping off a TV journalist who records the ritual humiliation for broadcast. They become a ratings sensation.

Now a social and public phenomenon, the Dark Angels are loved and loathed in equal measure: loathed by the authorities, who have failed to catch them and loved by a large following of female fans who feel the Dark Angels offer some hope of justice and healing for the abuse they have suffered at the hands of men.

When the authorities put up a reward for the gang’s capture a young, rising-star criminologist hatches a plan to infiltrate the cult. She is thrown together with her former lover, an arrogant detective; in a sting operation the authorities hope will crush the Dark Angels forever.

The Dark Angels, however, are on to the authorities’ plan and turn the tables on the criminologist and the detective in spectacular fashion.

Ebony Atlanta Butler:

Check out the amazing people we have had access to in Uganda and America, and interviewed for our feature documentary, Child Troopers (working title).

Join us on twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/madvsbd and http://www.twitter.com/atlanticstar233

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Radhika Coomasawary (NY)
U.N Special Representative for Children & Armed Conflict
 
Dr. Kizza Besigye (KLA)
Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) President
 
DrOlara Otunnu (KLA)
UPC President & Former U.N USG CAAC
 
Bishop Odama & Bishop Ochola (KLA & GULU)
Acholi Religious Peace Leaders Initiative (ARLPI) 
 
Nandala Mafabi (KLA)
Opposition Leader
 
Major General Pecas Kutesa (KLA)
Uganda’s People Defense Force (UPDF)
 
Jo Becker & Rona Peligal (NY)
Human Rights Watch (HRW) LRA Experts
 
Milton Allimadi (NY)
Black Star News Publisher
 
Jolly Okot (KLA)
Director (UgandaInvisible Children
 

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Ebony Atlanta Butler:

Playing For Change – Brilliant!

Originally posted on Ebony Atlanta's Weblog:

Playing For Change – Peace Through Music

This music video is so beautiful and touching… The concept is absolutely brilliant and the song and the amazing voices singing it are just as wonderful!! LOVE IT…

Stand By Me | Playing For Change | Song Around The World from Concord Music Group on Vimeo.

http://playingforchange.com – From the award-winning documentary, “Playing For Change: Peace Through Music“, comes the first of many “songs around the world” being released independently. Featured is a cover of the Ben E. King classic by musicians around the world adding their part to the song as it travelled the globe.

Order the CD/DVD Playing For Change “Songs Around The World” now at amazon.com! http://tinyurl.com/c6mhgd

Sign up at http://playingforchange.com for updates and exclusive content. You can also buy cool stuff in our new online store!

Join the Playing for Change Online Street Team…

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Ebony Atlanta Butler:

Please see the latest Child Troopers blog entry about Nodding Disease in Northern Uganda. We’d love your comments and for the truly concerned individuals of this world to help in sharing & raising much needed international attention to this tragic disease. On behalf of the children, we thank you!

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I was recently in Northern Uganda (Odek) where I spent some time with the victims of Nodding Disease, and their parents / guardians or only surviving family members. It was a period, and experience in my life I will always hold close to my heart, and could never forget. The faces of these children still haunt me to this day. I hope through my work with children around the world sick or not, that I have been able to make them smile, cheer them up, make them giggle and laugh through their suffering… But this was a different story altogether. The suffering, the pain, the anguish and isolation of these poor, sick and neglected people, is a sad story that has its roots buried far beyond the first outbreak of Nodding Disease.

This young boy has been severely disfigured by Nodding Disease. He is 12 years old yet looks…

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The Border

The Border from Ebony Butler on Vimeo.

This film is a video montage from my time on the border of Thailand and Cambodia. Filmed in Poipet, the video attempts to express what life is like for the innocent children forced into slavery and child labour and also those dying from AIDS, which is an ever-growing problem in the region.

Child labour, sexual exploitation, human slavery, child trafficking, disease, poverty and famine is rampant and destroying thousands of lives everyday, damaging the social fabric of society.  The children and women are the ones who suffer the most and much aid and international action is needed to help this troubled nation.

Our community projects, both local and global, involve activities that promote social change, for the betterment of society and for the protection of our planet. We recycle, restore and deliver bicycles to the most marginalized and isolated groups affected directly by war, poverty or disease. Furthermore, we use the power of media to raise awareness of the most important, under reported and time critical issues. We aim to create a more positive attitude toward caring for people in need, regardless of race or religion, promote action within the community and strive to bring about social change.

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Uganda: The Pearl of Africa

Uganda: The Pearl of Africa from Ebony Butler on Vimeo.

Forest Whitaker’s Latest Projects

Forest Whitaker on Better Angels: “The movie asks, When is the right time to step in?… The journalist gets captured by the Lord’s Resistance Army and is taken to a camp where he finds their leader, Joseph Kony, who hasn’t been seen for years.”

Forest Whitaker Reveals Plot Specifics For “The Butler” + Talks Kony Project & More…

Forest Whitaker

Was reading this Vanity Fair profile of Forest Whitaker and picked up some items worth repeating here on S&A; specifically about projects Whitaker is attached to star in/direct.

First, The Butler – Lee Daniels’ drama based on Eugene Allen, an African American who worked as a butler in the White House for over 34 years, serving 8 presidents from 1952 to 1986.

All we’ve really known about the project is what I wrote in the last sentence, and many of you have expressed your disatisfaction with seeing another film about a black person in a “service” position.

By the way, it’s inspired by a 2008 Washington Post article by Wil Haygood titled A Butler Well Served by This Election (read it HERE); it pretty much summarizes Mr Allen’s many years of service in the White House, leading up to President Obama’s election.

In the Vanity Fair piece, here’s what I think is a crucial bit of info on the project that I haven’t seen reported anywhere until now; Whitaker states:

“It’s a movie about the issue of how you protest… My son [to be played by David Oyelowo] is an activist who is repeatedly arrested. My character is a conformist, but in his own way, he influences presidents. Eugene becomes more active, particularly at the end of his life, when he makes a decision to fight.”

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Bikes 4 Life Uganda Video

Bikes 4 Life Promo Uganda 2012 from Ebony Butler on Vimeo.

A short promotional and thank you video for the successful 2012 Bikes 4 Life Uganda Project.

Featuring the honorable Dr. Olara Otunnu, UPC President and former U.N Under Secretary General for the Office of Children and Armed Conflict.

Copyright: Atlantic Star Productions 2012.

See: www.bikes4life.com.au and www.facebook.com/bikes4lifeorg

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