A compelling portrait of an extraordinarily complex personal odyssey, a film that explores both the power and the limitations of faith and forgiveness.
— Kenneth Turan, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
Photo Credit: Ryan Lobo

Joshua Milton Blahyi --aka General Butt Naked -- was a ruthless warlord during Liberia's 14-year civil war. Today, he has reinvented himself as a Christian evangelist seeking forgiveness from his victims. Dubbed "General Butt Naked" for fighting with nothing more than an AK-47 and a pair of leather shoes, Blahyi and his army of child soldiers are said to have killed thousands during Liberia's horrific civil war.

Over the course of five years, co-directors Eric Strauss and Daniele Anastasion tracked Blahyi's often troubling path as he seeks forgiveness from those he once terrorized. At every turn, THE REDEMPTION OF GENERAL BUTT NAKED asks viewers to confront hard questions about the power and limits of forgiveness in a nation searching for healing and justice. 

 

CREDITS

Directors: Eric Strauss & Daniele Anastasion
Executive Producers: Greg Henry, David Shadrack Smith
Directors of Photography: Eric Strauss, Ryan Hill, Peter Hutchens
Co-Producers: Ryan Lobo, Ryan Hill
Editor: Jeremy Siefer
Composer: Justin Melland