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Angelina Jolie witnessed history in the making on Thursday when she attended a trial at the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands.

The “Changeling” actress headed to the hearing in The Hague to observe proceedings as the case against Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga, who is accused of recruiting child soldiers, wrapped up.

She tells the Associated Press, “(This is) an extraordinary moment for international justice but more than that for children of the world.”

Jolie, who is a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, is currently living in Scotland while her partner Brad Pitt films zombie movie “World War Z.”

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BioPic’s aboard ‘Soldier’ story – Entertainment News, Film News, Media – Variety.

Will Raee to direct Uma Thurman starrer

BioPic Entertainment has joined forces with Caspian Pictures to co-produce indie drama “Girl Soldier,” with Uma Thurman to star and Will Raee to direct.

The film will depict the true-life plight of 30 Ugandan girls who were abducted by rebel soldiers. Project’s been in development since 2009, when Caspian announced it had attached Thurman to the project (Variety, July 21, 2009).

Story’s based on Kathy Cook’s book “Stolen Angels,” which follows the 1996 raid at a boarding school in which armed rebels abducted young girls to turn them into soldiers and sex slaves. A teacher tracked the rebels back to their camp to demand the girls’ release; 110 were returned to the nun, who then began a crusade over the next few years as she rallied parents, the government, the U.N. and the pope to aid in rescuing not only her girls but other children in rebel captivity.

Producers are aiming to begin shooting in March in South Africa.

BioPic Entertainment, founded by Michael Hennessy, Brian A. Bullock and Robert G. Edner, is focused on TV and film based on iconic personalities and historic events. BioPic also recently announced the development of Wendy Randall’s “Mahjong Wives,” a series set in the 1960s about the five Jewish mob wives who covertly ran Las Vegas through their husbands, as well as “Black Rangers.” Latter is the untold story of the U.S. Army’s only all-black company of elite Airborne Rangers who helped turn the tide of the Korean War.

BioPic is repped by Paradigm.

Child Troopers is currently in pre-production, with principal photography scheduled to begin next month in the United States of America. Director of Child Troopers, Ebony Butler, will be traveling to Los Angeles next week where she will work with Child Trooper’s U.S Producer, Alec Pedersen (The Cove; Unity). She will then head across to New York and Washington DC to conduct interviews and further research issues related to the film.

Research for the upcoming trip to America will focus on children in conflict & child soldiers, peace & justice, civilian protection & security, aid & development, modern day child slavery & child trafficking.

More information regarding Child Troopers will be released soon so keep checking in for updates!

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Title LRA Regional Update: DRC, CAR and south Sudan – January – March 2011
Publisher UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Country Central African Republic | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Sudan
Publication Date 7 April 2011
Cite as UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA),
LRA Regional Update: DRC, CAR and south Sudan – January – March 2011, 7 April 2011.

available at: http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/docid/4da28f5f2.html [accessed 3 May 2011]

Dancing Through The Pain from Ebony Butler on Vimeo.

For over twenty years Northern Uganda faced one of the worst humanitarian disasters in the world.

Thousands were murdered, 1 million people displaced and 30,000 children were forced to become child soldiers and sex slaves.

Scars from the past still exist but song and dance help people overcome their trauma and remove the scars of the past.

I have produced an extended version of this, which is 15 minutes in duration. I am currently working on a feature length documentary, Child Troopers.