Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars is a feature-length documentary that tells the uplifting story of a group 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 them from their homes in Sierra Leone. Despite the unimaginable horrors of civil war, they were saved through their music. Through music they find a place of refuge, a sense of purpose and a source of power. The film follows the band over the course of three years as they make the difficult decision to return to their war-torn country and realize their dream of recording an album of their original music.
The film was nominated by the International Documentary Association (IDA) for best feature in 2006, won grand jury awards at AFI fest, Full Frame Film Festival and Human Rights Watch film festival and Audience Awards at SXSW and Miami International Film Festival. The film was broadcast on POV in North America, HBO Latin America and NHK in Japan.