On Tuesday, March 31, four members of the Invisible Children, Inc. Spring 2009 International Tour will return to the HWS campus to screen their newest film “The Rescue.” HWS hosted members of the 2008 International Tour last March for a screening and discussion of their original documentary.
In the spring of 2003, three young filmmakers from California traveled to Africa in search of a story. The story they discovered was a human tragedy where children were weapons, warriors and victims. They witnessed firsthand the aftermath of the nearly 25 year long civil war in Uganda and, specifically, the severity of the impact it has had on the Ugandan children.
They returned to the United States and created the documentary “Invisible Children: Rough Cut,” which exposes the tragic realities of northern Uganda’s child soldiers and “night commuters” – an anticipated 30,000 children who walked miles at night to sleep in shelters and city centers to avoid being kidnapped and forced to become soldiers or sex slaves.
The organization’s initiatives are now joint ventures between themselves and members of the Ugandan community aimed at improving the quality of life for individuals living in conflict and post-conflict regions. They describe their programs as “carefully researched and developed initiatives that address the need for quality education, mentorships, the redevelopment of schools, resettlement out of the camps and financial stability.”
The latest documentary, “The Rescue,” which will be screened at 7 p.m. in Coxe 8, details the liberation of child soldiers from Joseph Kony’s violent, guerrilla crusade to establish a Ugandan theocracy.
After the screening, students, faculty, staff and community members will be able to talk with representatives of the organization, learn about their role in the conflict in Uganda, buy merchandise and ask questions.
For details, visit Invisible Children.
The event is being coordinated in conjunction with the Social Justice Collective.