The East African nation of Uganda’s drive for freedom will be explored Monday, Feb. 27, when Allegany College of Maryland screens and discusses the Invisible Children movement’s new documentary, “Kony 2012.” This examination of the plight of Ugandan youth swept up in their country’s civil strife is part of a series of spring-semester events in support of ACM’s participation in the Democracy Commitment.
The Uganda program, free and open to the public and starting at 7:00 p.m. in the College Center Theatre, centers on a showing of a new 30-minute film that raises awareness of warlord Joseph Kony and current efforts to bring him to justice. “Kony 2012” will be presented by a team of representatives from the Invisible Children organization. Sharon, a Ugandan university student, will accompany them and share her first-person experience.
The San Diego-based group’s original film, “Invisible Children: Rough Cut 2005,” helped spawn an international movement that has drawn attention to Africa’s longest-running war and the Lord’s Resistance Army’s campaign to wrest control of Uganda. LRA guerillas, led by Kony, have waged a brutal campaign against civilians, notably victimizing children and using them as weapons. That documentary, made by three young Americans in a spring 2003 visit, takes its name from nighttime pilgrimages by children from villages to towns to avoid sweeps by LRA raiders and forced conscription. Over the past quarter-century, Kony and his LRA forces have abducted more than 30,000 youngsters and forced them to become child-soldiers in Central Africa.
“Rough Cut 2005,” seen by millions worldwide since its 2006 release, was the catalyst for a partnership with LRA-affected communities to bring a variety of programs to relieve suffering of Ugandans, improve everyday life and stabilize the country. The Democracy Commitment is a national effort in which ACM is a founding member. It is designed to promote active engagement in the democratic process by community college students.
“Kony 2012” and the Invisible Children program are presented by ACM and the Democracy Commitment in collaboration with the college’s Diversity Center, Student Government Association and Peace Studies and Human Service clubs. More information about Invisible Children can be obtained by contacting ACM faculty member Kurt Hoffman at 301-784-5113. Schools groups and others interested in attending should contact Lynn Grimm at 301-784-5168. Information is also available on the college Web site, www.allegany.edu.
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