Westminster Hosts Invisible Children Representatives and Their Film
Representatives from Invisible Children, an organization formed to stop the atrocities taking place in east and central Africa, will visit Westminster November 7 to share their latest film MOVE at 8 p.m. in Champ Auditorium.
Sponsored by the Emerson Center for Leadership & Service, the screening is free and open to the public.
Invisible Children, a non-profit organization, was formed in 2004 to spark a movement that would bring international attention and condemnation to the criminal activities of Joseph Kony. Kony has been abducting, killing and displacing civilians in east and central Africa since 1987.
Those attending the event will meet an ex-child soldier from Uganda, view the newest film and learn more about how they can get involved in this movement.
“I am pleased to invite such an inspirational, yet controversial, non-profit organization to the Westminster campus,” says Hannah Minchow-Proffitt, Westminster Fellow for Community Engagement and Service-Learning. “We try to give our students a taste of many types of leadership and by bringing Invisible Children to our students, we are giving them a chance to see an example of leadership in the non-profit realm.”
This newest film, MOVE, is the sequel to KONY 2012, the video which was watched over one million times in the first 24 hours of its release by Invisible Children on March 5, 2012, on YouTube. Many Ugandans have criticized the film as oversimplifying their country’s long and complex history. Today this original film has received over 93 million views.
MOVE details the history of the movement to create awareness of Joseph Kony and his war crimes and includes interviews with child soldiers and victims of Kony’s violence. Invisible Children describes this newest film as its “last chapter,” which they hope will lead to the engagement of policymakers.
“Ultimately, we cannot arrest Kony,” says Jason Russell, director of the group. “Only the leaders of the world can put pressure on him to surrender or arrest him.”
Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army have been indicted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity and have been blamed for the murder of thousands of civilians in four countries. The United States classifies them as a terrorist organization.