Uganda's children are subject of film, discussion at Iowa State

AMES, Iowa -- The movie "Invisible Children: Rough Cut" will be presented at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., March 25 in the Sun Room, Memorial Union. The event is free and open to the public.

The film exposes the effects of the 20-year Ugandan civil war on the children of Northern Uganda. In that war-torn area, children are abducted and turned into fighters for a rebel group called the Lord's Resistance Army. To protect themselves, every night many children flee from the rural area where abductions are common and "commute" to nearby villages, where they sleep in public places without adult supervision.

A nonprofit agency, Invisible Children Inc., was created as a result of the film, with the aim of providing resources and care for the displaced children.

Following each screening, the filmmakers -- Jason Russell, Laren Poole and Bobby Bailey -- will discuss the organization's work in Uganda.

The screening and discussions are cosponsored by the Student Union Board and World Affairs (funded by GSB).