“Invisible Children” is a documentary film that tells the plight of the Ugandan people. The “Invisible Children” Fall 2009 New International Tour will visit the HWS campus on Thursday, Oct. 29. Sponsored by the Genocide and Human Rights Speaker Series, HWS campus charter of Amnesty International and Student Activists for Darfur, the event will include a screening of the documentary as well as give attendees the opportunity to talk with the representatives of the organization to learn more about their role in the conflict in Uganda.
Taking place in Albright Auditorium at 7 p.m., the event will give an overview of the war to date, the plight of child soldiers and opportunities for activism. The film has been re -cut and a new version will be shown that contains additional footage of rebel negotiations and activist activities. This event seeks to attract both the knowledgeable and the unaware.
The movement was initiated by young people who sought to expose the tragedies and troubles of those affected by the war in Uganda. Seeking a future for the Ugandan people beyond the turmoil of war, the Invisible Children organization wishes to address the need for quality education, redevelopment of schools and provide financial stability to those in need.
The organizers describe themselves as storytellers, visionaries, humanitarians, artists and entrepreneurs–part of a generation eager for change and willing to pursue it. The group, called roadies, “Are trained to know not only the ins and outs of Invisible Children, but also the history of the war and current state of the conflict.” Their events are designed to “educate our supporters, and join a community of like-minded people dedicated to making a difference.”
The Oct. 29 showing will mark the third year that “Invisible Children” will be shown at HWS. With the goal of having the organization come every year until the conflict is resolved, this event looks to attract those interested in making an impact and becoming a part of an organization that seeks to better humanity.
“Many at Hobart and William Smith Colleges are separated from what is going on with Uganda. Seeing footage and learning about it connects us to what is going on there. This event gives students more of an emotional connection,” said Sophomore Amanda Ward, one of the student coordinators of the event.
Last year, students who were inspired after watching the film participated in a rally in Syracuse that called for an end to the conflict in Uganda.
A reception for the speakers is sponsored by and will take place at The Intercultural Affairs House from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.