To: EPC Ministers
From: Don Hurry, 724-368-1102
RE: Film that would be good for your church, especially Senior High Youth Groups on the horrible problems of Africa, esp. children.
I have for loan a video that you might want to preview and use. ACTUALLY – YOU CAN WATCH AND COPY THE FILM FROM ONLINE AT http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/invisible-children/
There is a separate YOUTH GROUP video with it to organize a “House Party” Youth night to inspire youth to organize and help out.
The movie is called “Invisible children”
The purpose of this video is to get Americans informed and connected to the horrible crisis African children are going through.
Synopsis: Three American youth travel to Africa in search of a story. They are idealistic and liberal (their hero Che Guevara’s poster is behind them as they prepare to leave indicating they think revolution is the answer to Africa’s problems).
They arrive in the Sudan where they are immediately confronted with the ravages of revolution and war. Instead of going to record from the revolution’s side they have to flee and wind up with Christian refuges who flee Sudan into Northern Uganda. The rest of the film they record children being kidnapped nightly from their homes and subsequently forced to become child soldiers in the revolution. These children, ages 5-12 are forced to kill or be executed. Children (mostly boys) have to flee the countryside to survive and end up in huge camps on the Verandas of Christian Missionary hospitals. This film is dedicated to exposing this tragic, and amazingly untold story. The problems it deals with is brutality, rape, child sexuality, death, overpopulation and under care and the worst problem – a loss of hope.
The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), also known as the Lord's Resistance Movement, is a militant movement, which is described by some as a cult which operates in northern Uganda and South Sudan. Since 2005 there have been claims that the group has entered the Democratic Republic of Congo, but in 2007 it was reported that they were in Central African Republic.
The LRA was initially formed to resist the Uganda People's Defense Force (UPDF), called the National Resistance Army (NRA) before it took control of the country. The NRA/UPDF has been accused of widespread murder, rape, and pillage. They commit widespread human rights violations, including murder, abduction, mutilation, child-sex slavery, and forcing children to participate in hostilities
The film is not preachy or even direct. It merely points out firsthand how little children are forced to leave their homes to avoid kidnapping and worse abuse and end up as orphans. The American youth interview the children to see what is on their minds. They face physical and mental disease, PTS, and grow up wild and undisciplined.
While not set up as a Christian film it seems they see that the problems in Africa are definitely Evil versus Good and the only possible answer to the problem is Christian hope. They see Christian missions as the only solution while underfunded and overwhelmed. The answer to the problem is not just to throw money and feed them or to defeat one group or another. It is to give Africa stability and hope through Christ.
It is a very, very intense film that needs prescreening and lots of discussion afterwards but it is definitely worth seeing.