Moberly Area Community College is partnering with Central Christian College of the Bible to promote a new film by Invisible Children entitled, Tony, which will be screened at CCCB at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 28, 2011. The movie is free and open to the public.
The documentary tells the story of Tony Bazilo, who lived in a Ugandan refugee camp, trying to avoid the Lord’s Resistance Army soldiers who attacked and kidnapped children as they walked to and from school. To view a trailer of the documentary, visit vimeo.com/16189889. For more information on the Invisible Children visit InvisibleChildren.com.
Invisible Children, Inc., (IC) begun in 2003, is a social, political and global movement using the transformative power of story to change lives. Invisible Children uses film, creativity and social action to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Kony's rebel war and restore LRA-affected communities in central Africa to peace and prosperity.
The IC group are story tellers. They make documentaries about war-affected children in east Africa and tour them around the world. They use the power of media to inspire young people to help end the longest running war in Africa. Their model has proven effective, and hundreds of thousands of people have been called to action through our films and the volunteers that tour them.
They are made up of a tireless staff, hundreds of full time volunteers, and thousands of students and supporters. They are young. They are citizens of the world. They are artists, activists, and entrepreneurs.
But their work extends far beyond storytelling. With the support they receive from tours and young supporters, they are able to implement cutting edge programs on the ground in Uganda. To prioritize and understand the needs of the community, IC Uganda staff is 95% Ugandan. They focus on long-term development, working directly with individuals and institutions, to best understand the needs of these war-effected areas. They rebuild schools devastated by war, benefiting over 8,400 Ugandan youth in the areas of water and sanitation, books and equipment, refurbishment of structures, teacher support, and technology and power. They provide 690 scholarships to specifically chosen secondary students and 180 full ride scholarships to University. They employ mentors that holistically oversee healthy development for the students. They have also implemented micro-economic initiatives that are impacting 360 Ugandan’s in transition from internally displaced camps to their original homes as well as 13 formerly abducted child mothers who are now self-sufficient through their tailoring center that provides training in savings, investment, numeracy, literacy and health. These savings-and-loans initiatives have allowed villagers to save money and earn interest for the first time, freeing them to start their own businesses and provide for their families like never before.
Join the Invisible Children Movement on Monday, March 28 at 7 p.m. in CCCCB’s Pelfrey Hall.