Film: The Road to Freedom PeakTuesday, April 9
Busch Student Center, Rooms 352 and 353
Jonathan Okwir was abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda when he was ten years old and forced into the jungle to be trained as a child soldier. Corrin Varady is a philanthropist and activist who is working to help children like Jonathan rejoin their communities. Together, they embark on an adventurous trek across East Africa from the border of South Sudan, through Uganda and Tanzania en route to Africa's highest point - Freedom Peak, the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. To Africans, Mount Kilimanjaro is revered as a symbol of independence and hope. For Jonathan, the Road To Freedom Peak becomes an extraordinary journey to forgiveness and redemption.
This film is being presented as part of Saint Louis University's Atlas Program in partnership with the Sixth Annual Africa World Documentary Film Festival, sponsored by the E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professorship in African/African American Studies of the International Studies and Programs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.