Film Screening of My Star in the Sky
September 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Organized by the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, the documentary My Star in the Sky (Lakalatwe in the Acholi language) will be screened at this one-time viewing at Georgetown University. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Michael Mulroy, the film’s writer and director, and Sasha Lezhnev, Deputy Director of Policy at the Enough Project and Founding Director of the Grassroots Reconciliation Group which helps reintegrate former LRA child soldiers back into their communities.
My Star in the Sky depicts a story of survival, friendship, and love between two child soldiers abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) during the conflict between Uganda and Sudan. The United States became involved in efforts to combat the LRA in 2008, and in 2010 President Barack Obama signed the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act to end the insurgency and bring its leader, Joseph Kony, to justice via the standing of the International Criminal Court. During the operations that followed, two members of the US special operations community became friends with Anthony Opoka, one of the child soldiers that managed to escape from the LRA and joined the Ugandan Army. The two friends thought that Anthony’s story was too inspirational to not be told.
Panel discussion featuring:
Mr. Michael ‘Mick’ Mulroy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East, US Department of Defense
Mr. Sasha Lezhnev, Founding Director, Grassroots Reconciliation Group; Deputy Director of Policy, Enough Project
Ambassador Barbara K. Bodine, Director, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy
This event will be on-the-record and open to the media.