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Bullets to Books

Jok Abraham Thon has a mission; to heal South Sudan through education and
changing the population’s mindset from “Bullets to Books.”

  • Andy Truschinski
    The Root of Happiness
  • Andy Truschinski
    The Root of Happiness
  • Andy Truschinski
    The Root of Happiness
  • Gail Prensky
  • Sean MacLaughlin
  • Achouth Philip Deng
  • Jok Abraham Thon
    Key Cast
  • Sean Maclaughlin
    Director of Photography
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 36 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 2, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    South Sudan
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • MY HERO International Film Festival
    Laguna Beach, CA
    United States
    Ron Kovic Peace Prize Finalist
  • Juba Film Festival
    South Sudan
    December 15, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Big Apple Film Festival
    New York, NY
    United States
    February 11, 2020
    North American Premiere
    Best Short Documentary - Official Selection
  • Vero Beach Wine and Film Festival
    Vero Beach, FL
    United States
  • Manhattan Film Festival
    New York
    United States
  • Global Impact Film Festival
    Washington D.C.
    United States
  • Chautauqua International Film Festival
    Jamestown, NY
    United States
  • Sunnyside International Film Festival
    Sunnyside, NY
    United States
Director Biography - Andy Truschinski

Andy Truschinski is a New York City based artist. He started his career as an actor on stage and in film (Ex: WAR HORSE National tour and THE HEIDI CHRONICLES starring Elisabeth Moss on Broadway, Sgt. Dugan in 21 BRIDGES by STX FILMS starring Chadwick Boseman) and also develops scripts for film, television, and on stage. Writing projects include: THE GREEN BOAT (feature film, finalist for Space on Ryder Farm development series), ONE WHITE FACE (commissioned pilot of the book One White Face by Hilary Corna), EXPLORING MUSIC (a documentary music series), SOUNDS DELICIOUS (a cooking talk show with music), THE OPUS (a stage play about creating music during the Holocaust), STAND UP (a television dramedy), BLOG IN PRAGUE (a theatrical comedy about technology addiction), THE ROOT OF HAPPINESS (award winning dramedy short film) and BULLETS TO BOOKS (a documentary film set in South Sudan).

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Director Statement

Having met Jok here in the United States, I knew immediately that his story needed to be told to the world. Bullets to Books will aim to help him raise funds for his school and to change the world's mindset of gun violence; an especially significant problem here in the United States. Jok is a true believer in finding global peace. Help me spread his word.

Thank you,