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Invisible Children: The Movie, The Movement, The Mission

Invisible Children: The Movie, The Movement, The Mission

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     Can a story change the world?  The Invisible Children movement has brought the issue of Uganda’s night commuters and child soldiers to the attention of millions.  The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown will host a presentation of the movie, The Invisible Children, at 6 p.m. Monday, October 19 in the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center.

     The movie, offered through the campus’ GLOCAL Society Series, is being offered as part of “Pitt-Johnstown @ Your Service” week.  The event is free and open to the public.

     In the spring of 2003, three young Americans traveled to Africa in search of such a story.  What they found was a tragedy that disgusted and inspired them.  A story where children are the weapons and the victims.  The Invisible Children film exposes the effects of a 20-year-long war on the children of Northern Uganda.  Children who live in fear of abduction by rebel soldiers, and are being forced to fight as part of a violent army. 

     The Invisible Children movie is a fast-paced documentary with an MTV beat.  Viewers will see Africa through young eyes in a way that is humorous and heart breaking, quick and informative all in the same breath.

     The Pitt-Johnstown GLOCAL Series promotes greater global competency with regard to the pressing issues of our time as well as various social, political, economic, ecological, cultural, and technological changes at the global level and their overlapping consequences in our local communities.

     Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh.  The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.  Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by U.S.News & World Report as a “Best Baccalaureate College” (2010), by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College” (2010), and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.”

Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 10/16/2009 9:30:00 AM