THE GOODNESS// MTV’s Sway Hosts ‘Unlikely Heroes’ BenefitPublished by Renae Bluitt on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm.
(L-R) Sway Calloway and Ericka Rodriguez
(New York, NY) MTV News’ Sway Calloway hosted The Unlikely Heroes Benefit, an intimate fundraiser for ”GER: To Be Separate”, a new documentary tracing one man’s odyssey from Sudanese child soldier to refugee, his escape and amazing journey home. At the event, held this past Monday at the 92Y Tribeca, attendees experienced a riveting discussion moderated by social commentator Lola Desioye and The Lost Boys of Sudan: Ger Duany and King Deng on each of their journey’s from Sudan to America and life thereafter.
The event’s host committee included Danny Glover, Mark G. Mathis, Bethann Hardison, Loul Deng and Dr. Adebola Orafidiya. Rahzel, formerly of The Roots, and Arama Mara were the featured music performances and sponsors included The Global Network for Humanity, MindSmack, and Africa.com.
Event proceeds will go towards Ger Duany’s upcoming film “Ger: To Be Separate,” directed by African Academy Award winner Wanuri Kahiu. The film documents one man’s odyssey from child soldier to refugee to Hollywood actor and international top model, and his amazing journey back home as he votes for the first time for a new Sudan and celebrates its division.
Produced by LivelyHood’s Tamara Hood, The Unlikely Heroes Benefit was intimate yet at full capacity with supporters from across the globe. The release of this film will mark the beginning of Ger’s mission to help rebuild his nation, bringing educational institutions and healthcare facilities to his home village.
(L-R) King Deng, Author of “The Lost Boy of Sudan”; Rahzel; Ger Duany
(L-R) Ger Duany, King Deng, Ericka Rodriguez, Sway and Rahzel
(L-R) Tamara Hood of LivelyHood, Ericka Rodriguez, Patrick Smith
Music artist and songwriter, Ashaki