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My Star in the Sky: A Movie Screening and Reception
April 26, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Sasha Lezhnev, Deputy Director of Policy at the Enough Project and Founding Director of the Grassroots Reconciliation Group, a non-profit that helps reintegrate former LRA child soldiers into their communities and works with refugees in Uganda, will join a panel discussion following the Atlantic Council’s screening of the short film My Star in the Sky (Lakalatwe in the Acholi language) and a wine and cheese reception. The panel will also include Michael “Mick” Mulroy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and the film’s writer and director, and the Atlantic Council’s Bronwyn Bruton.
The film 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.
About the Makers: Michael “Mick” Mulroy is a retired Paramilitary Operations Officer in the CIA and current Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East in the Department of Defense. Eric “Olly” Oehlerich is a US Navy SEAL Commander and was a member of U.S. Africa Command Special Operations Component at the time of the making of this documentary.
This documentary has depictions and descriptions of extreme violence. Viewer discretion is advised. The CIA’s Publication Review Board has approved this documentary for release. Remarks made at this presentation or in the documentary itself are made in a personal capacity and do not necessarily represent the views of DoD or the US Government.
This event will be on-the-record and open to the media.