Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars (Docurama/New Video)
C Sound: C+ Extras: C Documentary: B
Leone has had turmoil for years and if civil war and the dark side of the
diamond trade is not ugly enough to go with the poverty, music somehow cuts
through all in the Zack Niles/Banker White documentary Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars (2005) about the tile music group
fighting for a chance at stardom and out of the ugliness without betraying it
or leaving it behind. They eventually
become a rallying point that could lead to change.
one of the latest of a cycle of such documentaries exposing third world country
conditions and stories that the mainstream media (especially in the U.S.) have
been paying limited attention to. When
they do, it always seems to be at a distance.
Throw in music and the evening news is especially clueless. This was broadcast on the hit PBS series
P.O.V. and is as good as many of its contemporaries. As more innocent lives are needlessly lost,
programs such as these will take on new meaning.
X 1 image was shot in low definition video on location with plenty of detail and
definition issues, but this was the only way to capture this and they did the
best they could under the circumstance.
The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has no real surrounds, is somewhat well
recorded and quality varies slightly form all the tough location taping
conditions. Extras include a short film
(Refugee Rolling) as the band goes to the United States, deleted scenes, web
information and bonus music clips.
- Nicholas Sheffo