TORONTO, Oct. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - On Saturday November 9 at 9 pm ET, TVO presents the world broadcast premiere of the award-winning feature-length documentary, Fight Like Soldiers, Die Like Children. Commissioned by TVO and directed by Canadian filmmaker Patrick Reed, the film follows humanitarian, senator and retired General Roméo Dallaire (author of They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children) as he embarks on a global mission to eradicate the use of child soldiers. Fight Like Soldiers, Die Like Children will be available for streaming at docstudio.tvo.org and on the Doc Studio App for iPad the day after its broadcast premiere.
"When I decided to dedicate the rest of my life to finding a way to end the use of child soldiers, I knew that I had to go back to Africa and face my ghosts once again. So when Patrick approached me to make this film, I jumped at the opportunity," says Senator Dallaire of the documentary. "I hope the film makes people uneasy. We should all be unsettled by the unspeakable wrongs being done to children in conflict zones around the world."
Seven years after his tour as UN Force Commander during the 1994 Rwandan genocide, Dallaire returns to the frontlines of Africa alongside his former military assistant, retired Major Phil Lancaster. His goal: to better understand the social, cultural and political influences behind the recruitment of child soldiers.
On the ground in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan, Dallaire visits transition camps for former child soldiers and ex-combatants. First-hand accounts from children who escaped the Lord's Resistance Army militant group (LRA) or survived abduction offer a chilling glimpse into the daily lives of the families and village communities living under its threat. Dallaire and Lancaster also meet with other key players, including dedicated United Nations workers who guide them through current demobilization efforts and the myriad challenges they face. When Dallaire and a UN colleague visit with the commander of a militia group, the group's discussion is revealing insight into the mind of a militia leader.
While unravelling the many complex issues surrounding the use of child soldiers, Fight Like Soldiers, Die Like Children is also a window into Dallaire's psyche: why he is consumed by his cause and why he remains committed.
Fight Like Soldiers, Die Like Children will be rebroadcast at midnight on Saturday November 9, as well as on Sunday November 10 at 11 pm, and Wednesday November 13 at 9 pm and midnight.
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