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Sunday, December 14, 2014
a Reunion for Samuel M.
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The greatest gift you can give this holiday can't be boxed, wrapped, or shipped by the US Mail. Come to a very special edition of Stupid Pills on Sunday, December 14th to benefit Samuel M., a brave crusader who has landed in our city.
A NIGHT OF ART & MUSIC CO-PRESENTED BY
FOR REUNITING THE FAMILY OF SAMUEL M.
FEATURING MUSIC AND PERFORMANCES BY:
EARTH LIKE PLANETS, RICHIE LONGOMBA... and more TBA SOON!
DOOR PRIZES: TBA SOON!
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Samuel M. spent the first 25 years of his life in DRC, a war-torn country sadly dubbed "The Rape Capital of the World." Congo is a beautiful but poor country with a long history of being exploited for its vast mineral riches by "first-world" nations such as ours.
Setting aside his training in law and his work in a Kinshasa film studio, Samuel set out in May 2012 with a small crew to make a documentary about corruption and sexual violence in his country. After conducting many interviews over a period of weeks with victims (who spoke openly of being raped and beaten by government, army, and police officials), Samuel and his crew were severely beaten by government security forces while asleep in their hotel and imprisoned on (erroneous) charges of espionage.
Samuel's left eye was badly damaged and he spent days in his cell, alone crying in pain. Finally a guard took sympathy on him, believed his innocence, and helped him to escape from prison, telling him that he was scheduled to be executed within days.
From there, Samuel made an amazing year long escape from Congo, hiding and running from authorities, using false names, and finally making his way to the USA with the assistance of Mark Murphy, executive director at REDCAT in downtown Los Angeles.
Here in LA, Samuel has good days and bad days. In the dull hours he works as a security guard, he plans his future, memorizes letters he will write to his wife and son, and tries to make sense of all the horror he has seen. He goes to church, reads books, and loves riding the bus around his strange new home. As he gets on his feet here, he's resuming his film project and will one day go back to Congo to continue fighting against the corruption and violence that have destroyed so many lives.
BRING THE FAMILY TOGETHER!
Justine et Valentin