»home about stupid pills past events: 2014 2013 2012 mailing list contact links

Next:

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Seen Things
a Reunion for Samuel M.

at the Hyperion Tavern
1941 Hyperion Avenue, LA CA 90027
Doors at 6:00, performances at 7:30.
Ticketed Event (suggested donation $25 per ticket)
Purchase Tickets Here

The greatest gift you can give this holiday can't be boxed, wrapped, or shipped by the US Mail. Come to a very special edition of Stupid Pills on Sunday, December 14th to benefit Samuel M., a brave crusader who has landed in our city.


Samuel

A NIGHT OF ART & MUSIC CO-PRESENTED BY
SOLDIER CHILD INTERNATIONAL
& STUPID PILLS

FOR REUNITING THE FAMILY OF SAMUEL M.

FEATURING MUSIC AND PERFORMANCES BY:

EARTH LIKE PLANETS, RICHIE LONGOMBA... and more TBA SOON!

DOOR PRIZES: TBA SOON!

Purchase Tickets or contribute to the fund Here
(suggested donation $25 per ticket)

The Facts:

  • Samuel is an easygoing, whip-smart dude who likes to tell jokes, solve problems, and look sharp.
  • He is also a heroic whistleblowing documentarian falsely charged with espionage. He cannot go back to his home in The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for fear of being jailed, tortured, or killed.
  • After escaping from a Congolese prison, he has not seen his wife or 3-year old son in almost two years.
  • A lawyer by trade, a filmmaker by passion, he currently works part time as a security guard at a drug store in Echo Park.

Our Goals:

  • To acquire B-2 Visas and one-way airfare for Samuel's wife and son, Justine and Valentin, and bring them to LA to reunite the family after a stressful separation.
  • To create an unforgettable night of art, music and performance featuring acts from around the world.
  • 100% of the night's proceeds will go towards asylum related legal fees, visas and airfare for Justine and Valentin.

Backstory:

Samuel M. spent the first 25 years of his life in DRC, a war-torn country sadly dubbed "The Rape Capital of the World." Congo is a beautiful but poor country with a long history of being exploited for its vast mineral riches by "first-world" nations such as ours.

Setting aside his training in law and his work in a Kinshasa film studio, Samuel set out in May 2012 with a small crew to make a documentary about corruption and sexual violence in his country. After conducting many interviews over a period of weeks with victims (who spoke openly of being raped and beaten by government, army, and police officials), Samuel and his crew were severely beaten by government security forces while asleep in their hotel and imprisoned on (erroneous) charges of espionage.

Samuel's left eye was badly damaged and he spent days in his cell, alone crying in pain. Finally a guard took sympathy on him, believed his innocence, and helped him to escape from prison, telling him that he was scheduled to be executed within days.

From there, Samuel made an amazing year long escape from Congo, hiding and running from authorities, using false names, and finally making his way to the USA with the assistance of Mark Murphy, executive director at REDCAT in downtown Los Angeles.

Now:

Here in LA, Samuel has good days and bad days. In the dull hours he works as a security guard, he plans his future, memorizes letters he will write to his wife and son, and tries to make sense of all the horror he has seen. He goes to church, reads books, and loves riding the bus around his strange new home. As he gets on his feet here, he's resuming his film project and will one day go back to Congo to continue fighting against the corruption and violence that have destroyed so many lives.

BRING THE FAMILY TOGETHER!


Justine et Valentin


Samuel

DONATE