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Human Rights Film Festival to Screen 'Invisible Children'

The College's fourth annual Human Rights Film Festival screens the documentary "Invisible Children" at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Chalon Campus Little Theater. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments are included.

"Invisible Children" was made by three college students who traveled to Uganda to document the plight of children in northern Uganda who are being kidnapped, tortured, and forced to kill as part of a genocidal rebel movement. Filmmaker Bobby Bailey will be attending and answering questions.

The film festival is one opportunity for students in the College's Documentary Film and Social Justice program to learn about advocacy and human rights abuses around the world. Lecturer Pam Bruns, who teaches the class Advocacy and Human Rights, said the festival's theme is "children in conflict." Following film screenings, students are given opportunities to sign petitions and contact U.S. elected officials to help stop human rights abuses.

"What distinguishes the Mount Saint Mary’s University film festival from others is that we always have an immediate opportunity for students to do advocacy," said Bruns. "We don't want them to lose the passion they feel right after they watch a film."

After the screening, students will be collecting donations for Invisible Children Inc. Students will be raising money following the screening for Invisible Children, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial resources to children caught in conflict by documenting their true, untold stories and seeking positive change.

The filmmakers seek to expose the effects of a 20-year war on the children of Northern Uganda, and to empower viewers toward advocacy. They also will provide food, water, and the opportunity for an education to children in Uganda.

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