Invisible No More

Uganda's wee soldiers target screens at The Wallflower Gallery.

The Wallflower Gallery describes its open-mike night as a “Free Speech Zone” where local bards and troubadours can cut loose with social commentary among like-minded souls. “Ploppy’s Podium usually features spoken-word performances and a band, but this time we are doing something different,” says gallery director Flash. “At 8 p.m., we are screening Invisible Children, a documentary about the plight of Ugandan kids that hide in temporary lodgings at night to flee the guerrillas fighting in the country’s 20-year civil war. They have been forcefully recruited and trained as killers. This is another form of genocide, and one that not many people are yet aware of.”

Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey, and Laren Poole, who formed a nonprofit organization in order to draw attention to the humanitarian crisis of child soldiers in Uganda, filmed the documentary in 2003. “It’s become a grassroots effort, and proceeds from the screening will be donated to the Invisible Children organization,” adds Flash. See it at The Wallflower Gallery. Movie tickets cost five dollars. The open-mike event at 9:30 is free
Fri., June 20, 2008

 
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