Ger DuanyModel/ Actor
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“My wish is to be a catalyst, to push for solutions, to broker peace talks, to ensure accountability, especially for those who committed and are still organizing unspeakable crimes.”
Ger Duany is an actor, model, and filmmaker based in the United States. Ger’s name means ‘when things come apart,’ which is what happened to his native South Sudan.
Born in Akobo, South Sudan in 1978, he learned to fight before he could read or write when
he was forced to become a child soldier during the Second Sudanese Civil War. Duany fled to Ethiopia when he was only 14, then to Kenya, and finally to the United States when he was sixteen, becoming one of the Lost Boys of Sudan.
Ger co-starred with Reese Witherspoon in the Warner Brothers motion picture The Good Lie, based on his own story and his fellow Lost Boys of Sudan.
His Hollywood debut occurred when he played a refugee in the movie I (Heart) Huckabees. Soon after, male supermodel Tyson Beckford saw Ger’s potential and launched his prolific modeling career.
In 2011, he co-produced and starred in the documentary Ger: To Be Separate about his journey from war child, to refugee, to Hollywood actor and international model. The film also showed his return to South Sudan where he voted for this first time. In 2014, Ger became a high profile UNHCR supporter.
- Watch Ger TEDXPlaceDesNations Talk
- Watch Ger on CNN
- Read about Ger in VICE
- Read about Ger in The Guardian
- Read about Ger in The New York Times
- UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador for East & Horn of Africa