Release Date: Feb. 19, 2009
Documentary at ASU to Shed Light on War Victims
“Invisible Children: Rough Cut,” a documentary movie about the abduction of children to fight a civil war in Uganda, will show Monday, Feb. 23, in the Houston Harte University Center’s C.J. Davidson Conference Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive, on the Angelo State University campus.
The 7:30 p.m. showing, sponsored by the University Center Program Council (UCPC) Film Committee, is open free to the public and will be accompanied by a talk and short film by people who have been to Uganda to witness the ongoing tragedy.
“Invisible Children,” focuses on children who were kidnapped and drafted to fight in the civil war in the African country. They were kidnapped and indoctrinated into the rebel forces’ ranks. An estimated 90 percent of the rebel group’s members are believed to have been abducted as children.
The Ugandan government responded to the abductions from villages by evicting thousands from their homes and relocating them to camps in hopes of providing protection. Instead, their numbers have mounted to one million people who struggle to survive in abject poverty, rampant disease and near-certain starvation.
The movie’s three filmmakers, Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey and Laren Poole, created the documentary and began showing it to family and friends. The project grew into a non-profit organization that offers a way for concerned individuals to respond.
For more information on the film, call the UCPC at 942-2062.