NEW YORK — MindSmack TV (www.MindSmack.TV
) recently sponsored an event to raise money for a new documentary film about one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. “The Unlikely Heroes Benefit” was hosted by MTV News' Sway Calloway, and looked at the experience of Ger Duany, who fled Sudan back in 1985.
His journey began as a child soldier at age 12 and led him through refugee camps in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. He was among the first group of “lost boys” that resettled in the US in 1994.
MindSmack TV was approached by writer/producer Patrick Nichols Smith to see if they would help raise funds for the event.
“The hardest thing to do in this economy is to raise funds, even if it is for a worthy cause,” says MindSmack principal Michael Feuer. “We are fortunate to be in a position to help and Ger’s story is one that we hope will be as inspiring for others as it has been for us.”
On May 2 at the 92Y Tribeca, attendees engaged in a discussion, moderated by social commentator Lola Desioye and The Lost Boys of Sudan: Ger Duany and King Deng. During the discussion the men recounted their journeys from Sudan to America and life thereafter.
All proceeds are being donated to Ger Duany's upcoming film Ger: To Be Separate, which was directed by African Academy Award winner Wanuri Kahiu. The film documents Ger’s days as a child soldier and refugee, through to Hollywood and international top model. It culminates with his crusade back home where he votes for the first time in a new Sudan.
Those interested in learning more about Ger’s mission, or making a donation can visit: www.theunlikelyheroesevent.com.