A Lyrical Life: The Struggle and Hope of South Sudan

This documentary introduces people to the culture, history, music, and dance of the Ma’di people of southern Sudan and northern Uganda. Through three traditional songs, the issues associated with the struggle of South Sudan are revealed; centuries-old conflicts over religion, slavery, race, genocide, displacement, war, and refugee status. “Hope” refers to the reconciliation process taking place in Africa and in America in places like North Dakota where the featured musicians now live.

Lesson plan with Benchmarks and Standards for Grades 9-12: English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Music



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Producer

Troyd Geist (Director and Executive Producer), North Dakota Council on the Arts; Jenn Bakken (Associate Producer); Kerry Brees (Editor)

Musicians/Singers/Dancers: Ijjo John Stephen, Remis Oboma Silvestro, Ajugo Isaac Hakim, Opi Alex Otavio, Joseph Loku, Clement Alao, Waigo Geofrey Lawrence, Alfred Joseph Mondri, Joe Julius Vuchiri Maire, Christopher Awiyo Melikiore, Aif Abraham, Augustine Surur

Source

"A Lyrical Life: The Struggle and Hope of South Sudan" North Dakota Council on the Arts

Grade Level

9-12

Subject Matter

English Language Arts, Social Studies, Arts - Music