From 2002 - 2014, Roadside's Artistic Director, Dudley Cocke, served as an adviser to the Philadelphia Folklore Project's Community Performance Project, which developed into the Liberian Women's Chorus for Change, the ensemble that the film depicts. The Liberian initiative engages local Liberian immigrant artists in drawing on folk performance traditions to surface and share current community challenges.

"Because of the War," a film by Toni Shapiro-Phim, explores relationships between traditional cultural knowledge and community well-being, especially in situations of violence and loss. It sets the stage for discussions about heroes in our midst, and how each one of us might hold the potential for constructive action in the face of indignities and inequities.

The film was produced by the Philadelphia Folklore Project (copyright 2017), and is a resource for people and organizations with particular interest in: Women’s Actions/Achievements/Leadership; Music, Dance and Ethnomusicology; Traditional Arts; Immigration and Refugees; War, Conflict Transformation and Reconciliation; African and African Diasporan Studies; Liberian Cultural Practices and Recent History; Biography and Storytelling; Philadelphia Communitie; Anthropology and Cultural Studies.  

WATCH THE TRAILER!      http://www.becauseofthewar.org/trailer

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FOLKLORE PROJECT'S LIBERIAN COMMUNITY PERFORMANCE PROJECT https://roadside.org/program/liberian-refugee-chorus-change

TO REQUEST A SHOWING OR FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: PHILADELPHIA FOLKLORE PROJECT

(215) 726-1106  [email protected]

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“Video Trailer: "Because of the War".” https://roadside.org. March 22, 2018. https://roadside.org/asset/video-trailer-because-war.

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