10/22/2014 01:30 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Former South Sudanese Child Soldier Emmanuel Jal Shares His Experiences & Addresses the Business of Foreign Aid [Video]

In his latest artistic endeavor to spread peace through art, former child soldier Emmanuel Jal, stars in this Fall's "The Good Lie" alongside Reese Witherspoon. A small film with a big message about a South Sudanese family displaced by war, the film touches on many of the same tones of empathy, redemption and resilience found in Jal's life and most recent studio album "The Key."

During a Q&A with Ferrari Sheppard of Stop Being Famous this past Saturday, Jal openly spoke about the great phases of his life in front of an intrigued audience at the Phi Centre in Montreal. Between his past, present and most likely his future, Jal's commitment to forging forgiveness and peace out of adversity is remarkable.

Watch the interview to see Emmanuel talk about his life experiences from South Sudan to Hollywood, art and empathy, as well as his take on Teju Cole's controversial Atlantic essay "The White-Savior Industrial Complex."

Zahra Idow is a writer for Stop Being Famous