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Uganda: The Pearl of Africa

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

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

The Real News: 10 Recent Videos

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Africa Part 2

Late next month we will be returning to Africa to complete filming for our documentary, Child Troopers, which has been three years in the making.

We will be spending most time in Uganda again, however are trying to get access into the DRC or South Sudan. It’s not going to be easy but we feel it is important to get closer to the war and current rebel activity.

Thanks to an amazing supporter and dear friend who is helping out financially, Sanne Kurz, an award winning cinematographer from Berlin, will be joining our team and shooting for us in East and Central Africa.

Wish us luck… Hopefully all goes well and we’ll be back in Australia or the US for post production around April/May!

BioPic’s Aboard ‘Child Soldier’ Story – Variety

BioPic’s aboard ‘Soldier’ story – Entertainment News, Film News, Media – Variety.

 

Will Raee to direct Uma Thurman starrer

BioPic Entertainment has joined forces with Caspian Pictures to co-produce indie drama “Girl Soldier,” with Uma Thurman to star and Will Raee to direct.

The film will depict the true-life plight of 30 Ugandan girls who were abducted by rebel soldiers. Project’s been in development since 2009, when Caspian announced it had attached Thurman to the project (Variety, July 21, 2009).

Story’s based on Kathy Cook’s book “Stolen Angels,” which follows the 1996 raid at a boarding school in which armed rebels abducted young girls to turn them into soldiers and sex slaves. A teacher tracked the rebels back to their camp to demand the girls’ release; 110 were returned to the nun, who then began a crusade over the next few years as she rallied parents, the government, the U.N. and the pope to aid in rescuing not only her girls but other children in rebel captivity.

Producers are aiming to begin shooting in March in South Africa.

BioPic Entertainment, founded by Michael Hennessy, Brian A. Bullock and Robert G. Edner, is focused on TV and film based on iconic personalities and historic events. BioPic also recently announced the development of Wendy Randall’s “Mahjong Wives,” a series set in the 1960s about the five Jewish mob wives who covertly ran Las Vegas through their husbands, as well as “Black Rangers.” Latter is the untold story of the U.S. Army’s only all-black company of elite Airborne Rangers who helped turn the tide of the Korean War.

US Producer Takes on ‘Child Troopers’

Child Troopers and Atlantic Star Productions are excited to announce producer Alec Pedersen to the team.

Director of Child Troopers, Ebony Butler, will be traveling to Los Angeles next week where she will work with Child Trooper’s U.S Producer, Alec Pedersen (The Cove; Unity). She will then head across to New York and Washington DC to conduct interviews and further research issues related to the film.

Research for the upcoming trip to America will focus on children in conflict & child soldiers, peace & justice, civilian protection & security, aid & development, modern day child slavery & child trafficking.

More information regarding Child Troopers will be released soon so keep checking in for updates! See: http://www.childtroopers.wordpress.com

If there is something you would like to know, or an opinion you would like to voice, please do as we encourage dialogue and promote discussion on all issues!

Follow Child Troopers on Facebook.com/childtrooopers or check out the blog atlanticstarproductions.blogspot.comfor information on human trafficking, slavery, human rights, child soldiers and much more!

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Dancing Through The Pain

Dancing Through The Pain from Ebony Butler on Vimeo.

For more than twenty years Northern Uganda was victim to one of the worst humanitarian disasters in the world. A countless number of people were killed and brutalised, 1 million people were displaced and 30,000 women and children were abducted and forced to become child soldiers and sex slaves to the LRA (Lords Resistance Army). Nothing can remove the scars of the past, but song and dance is one way that helps people to relieve their pain and suffering.

The short documentary touches on the issues in Northern Uganda and introduces two former child soldiers, documenting some of their most harrowing experiences.

This documentary also shows the power of song and dance as a means of escaping the painful past and traumatic life of people of all people affected by the war. It also demonstrates through visual imagery, the significance of song and dance in the rehabilitation of not only ex-child soldiers but also the people in the community, who are also traumatized and victims of the war.

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