Invisible Children to Show Documentary at CBU

Invisible Children to Show Documentary at CBU

Memphis- Christian Brothers University (CBU) will host Invisible Children, the non-profit organization aiding ex-child soldiers of Northern Uganda, who will share their original documentary, “Invisible Children: Rough Cut”, as part of their Face to Face Tour. The screening will be held in the University Theater on Thursday, November 18 at 7 p.m.

CBU and the city of Memphis is one of hundreds of stops along the Face to Face Tour that Invisible Children is making this fall. The film “Invisible Children: Rough Cut”, exposes the tragic realities of northern Uganda’s child soldiers. Along with the screening, an ex-child soldier, who was abducted by rebels, will speak of his experience while in captivity and explain how Invisible Children, with the help of students around the country, have aided the lives of many ex-child soldiers.

“Northern Uganda has been subjected to over 20 years of exceptionally brutal rebel conflict, resulting in the displacement of over a million people and wholesale traumatization, particularly of children.  Tens of thousands were abducted, brutalized, and forced to become child soldiers,” noted Dr. Terri Mason, CBU associate professor of Behavioral Science. “CBU has ties to the region as we have done research there with our students through the Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) program on the implementation of art therapy for those able to return.  So we particularly welcome Invisible Children, the aid organization coming here with a documentary on the situation, some proposals to help, and one of the abductees who will tell their story – all that I’ve heard have been beyond what I can imagine.”

Invisible Children started in the spring of 2003 when three young filmmakers traveled to Africa in search of a story. What started out as a filmmaking adventure transformed into much more when these boys discovered a tragedy that disgusted and inspired them, a tragedy where children are both the weapons and the victims. The organization makes documentaries about the war-affected children in East Africa and tours them around the world to inspire young people to help end the longest running war in Africa. With the support they receive from their tours and young supporters, they are able to implement cutting edge programs on the ground in Uganda.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Samantha Bownes at sbownes@cbu.edu. ###

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