BENEFITING: SOLDIER CHILD INTERNATIONAL
EVENT DATE: Dec 14, 2014
A NIGHT OF EXTRAORDINARY ART & MUSIC
TO HELP REUNITE THE FAMILY OF OUR FRIEND SAMUEL M.
SUN, DEC 14, 2014 @ HYPERION TAVERN doors 6PM / show 7:30
TO ATTEND EVENT PLEASE READ ON...
CAN'T ATTEND? PLEASE CONTRIBUTE ANYWAY!
100% of donation goes to cause.
Donations are completely tax deductable.
TO ATTEND EVENT or CONTRIBUTE TO THE FUND...
1. Click orange “DONATE” button at top right of this page and follow directions.
2. Suggested minimum donation to attend is $25 per person. Pay what you can afford. This is a great cause!!
3. Beware of the "optional" CrowdRise charge listed on your pre-payment total, you do not have to pay this!
4. Your name will be on a list at the door of the event if you are attending. There will be no tickets issued.
5. All donations to Samuel are going through the 501(c)3 nonprofit, Soldier Child, and are tax deductible. Note that your "thank you" email from CrowdRise will say that your donation was made to "Network for Good," which is how CrowdRise processes donations on their way to Soldier Child.
6. THANK YOU!!
ABOUT THE EVENT...
WHO WILL BE PERFORMING?
EARTH LIKE PLANETS
KAOS / BEN CALDWELL
MOHAWK GENERAL STORE
THE CHEESE STORE OF SILVER LAKE
A PHOTO W INSTAGRAM STAR MR. SNEAKY
A FANTASTIC RESTAURANT (ANONYMOUS FOR NOW)
...and more TBA!
- Samuel is one low-key, whip-smart dude who likes to laugh, solve problems, and look sharp regardless of circumstances.
- He's also a heroic whistleblowing documentarian falsely charged with espionage. He cannot go back home to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for fear of being jailed, tortured, or killed.
- After escaping from a DRC prison, he has not seen his wife or 3-year old son in almost two years. That hurts.
- A lawyer by trade, a filmmaker by passion, exiled in LA, he currently works part time as a security guard at a drug store in Echo Park.
Your donations go to pay:
- Samuel's immigration lawyer, Vivek Mittal, (who has graciously given us a 75% discount on his fee!) to work on several approaches to bring Samuel's wife and son, Justine and Valentin, to LA.
- filing fees for visas and government costs associated with gaining asylum.
- airline tickets for Justine and Valentin once the best plan is in place.
To do all this we are putting together an unforgettable night of art, music and performance featuring artists from around the world as well as an ongoing fundraiser at this site to raise the $10,000+ needed to bring the family together here in LA after a stressful separation.
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 and bad days. In the dull hours he works as a security guard, he plans his future, memorizes emails 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, and explores his strange new home. As he gets on his feet, he's resuming his film project and will one day return to Congo to continue fighting against the corruption and violence that have destroyed so many lives. But first comes loved ones...
BRING THE FAMILY TOGETHER!