Back to:
Current year's news releases

All news releases
News and information home

Invisible Children organization to host film screening, discussion

RELEASED: March 15, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — An international organization that is working to end the child soldier epidemic in northern Uganda will host a film screening and discussion March 23 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The free program will begin at 7 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium.

Invisible Children is a nonprofit group working to rescue abducted children who have been forced to fight as soldiers in northern Uganda, the site of one of Africa's longest-running conflicts. Under one man, Joseph Kony, a sectarian Christian militant group called the Lord's Resistance Army has terrorized the region for the past quarter-century. Many call it a "forgotten war" because the armed rebellion against the Ugandan government has gone virtually unaddressed internationally — despite the fact that 30,000-60,000 children have been abducted and either forced to fight or serve as sex slaves in the rebel army.

PepitoOne of the survivors of the war is Pepito, a young man who is featured in the 41-minute documentary "Go," which will screen at Tuesday evening's program. Before he attended school through Invisible Children's scholarship fund, Pepito lived in a displacement camp with his grandmother, paying for his school fees and supporting his grandmother on his own. He saw his father and sister killed in front of him. Pepito will tell his story, and he and a team of activists will discuss what is being done to bring peace and hope to northern Uganda — including bipartisan legislation introduced by Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold that unanimously passed the U.S. Senate on March 10.

Invisible Children came into being in 2003, after three young California filmmakers traveled to Africa in search of a story. Their filmmaking adventure became much more when they discovered a tragedy that disgusted and inspired them. After returning to the United States, they created the documentary "Invisible Children," a film that exposes the tragic realities of northern Uganda's night commuters and child soldiers. They screened their film for friends and family, and soon expanded to high schools, colleges and organizations. The movie sparked a global grassroots movement to raise awareness and bring assistance to the children of northern Uganda.

The program is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate, and Human Trafficking Abolitionists, a UW-Eau Claire student organization that has worked to raise funds for schools and scholarships in northern Uganda. Donations will be accepted and merchandise will be sold.

-30-

JS/DW

Back to:
Current year's news releases

All news releases
News and information home

 

Excellence. Our Measure. Our Motto. Our Goal.