<i>The Redemption of General Butt Naked</i>. 2011. USA. Directed by Daniele Anastasion, Eric Strauss. Pictured: Joshua Blahyi. Image courtesy of Ryan Lobo
  • The Redemption of General Butt Naked

    2011. USA. Daniele Anastasion, Eric Strauss. 90 min.

Saturday, November 19, 2011, 3:30 p.m.

Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

  • The Redemption of General Butt Naked

    2011. USA. Produced and directed by Daniele Anastasion, Eric Strauss. A chilling portrait of the Liberian warlord Joshua Milton Blahyi, nom de guerre “General Butt Naked.” Blahyi led an army of child soldiers during his nation’s brutal 14-year civil war, and professed to have committed thousands of acts of genocidal murder before abruptly laying down his weapons and reinventing himself as a Christian evangelist. The power of Strauss and Anastasion’s documentary lies not only in harrowing and senseless stories of terror that devastated entire families and villages, but also in the General’s conversion experience from a messianic cult figure—one who believed that fighting naked except for a pair of leather shoes and an AK-47 made him supernaturally immune to bullets—into a messenger of God (or unrepentant, cunning charlatan…) who today preaches a message of atonement and forgiveness in a country where truth, reconciliation, and justice remain distant aspirations. 90 min.

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