Foothill College international student Varlee Sheriff has a very unique story. At age 8, he became a refugee after barely escaping recruitment as a child solider in Liberia's brutal civil war.
For five years after the war, Sheriff lived with a group of former child soldiers in a peacebuilder training camp. Here, the young men made peace with a former rebel commander and confronted their own war trauma. Today, Sheriff and the group have made the remarkable transition from disaffected youth into grassroots peacebuilders.
An intimate account of their story is featured in The Fight to Forgive: From Child Soldiers to Peacebuilders, a new documentary film produced by the innovative non-profit organization Everyday Gandhis. The film profiles Sheriff’s participation in the Everyday Gandhis's Liberian peacebuilder training program.
The screening at Foothill in Friday, Nov. 22, at noon in Appreciation Hall (Room 1501). Admission is free; parking is $3. After the screening, Sheriff will participate in a Q&A session with filmmaker Cynthia Travis. This is a wonderful opportunity for the Foothill community to meet Sheriff and learn more about his experiences in Liberia and the U.S.
To ensure that there are enough seats for everyone, please RSVP via e-mail to Allison Largent at LargentAllison@fhda.edu.
International Education Week is Nov. 18-22 and is a joint initiative by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education to promote multicultural awareness and the value of international education. Foothill College joins hundreds of esteemed institutions by celebrating IEW through this event, as well as a cultural performance competition on Monday, Nov. 18 and Diversity Day on Wednesday, Nov. 20. For more information about Foothill's events during IEW, visit www.facebook.com/foothillinternationaleducationweek. Learn more about IEW.