The Ssubi Foundation has been active in northern Uganda for the past five years and this movie presents an opportunity to learn more about the region and some of the other great humanitarian work going on there.
On September 19 at the University of Calgary, Invisible Children, a media-based nonprofit dedicated to ending Africa’s longest-running war, will screen its latest documentary “Tony”. Invisible Children exists to raise awareness about the 25 year long war in Central Africa who have been inflicted by a rebel group called the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
The event is a part of Invisible Children’s “Frontline Tour”, where 16 teams are traveling across North America in vans to show films alongside their Ugandan peer who shares their personal story. The Frontline Tour focuses on awareness and advocacy regarding the war and will also fundraise for Invisible Children’s Early Warning Radio Network – a web of high frequency radios in DR Congo that will communicate LRA Activity to surrounding villages and alert local security forces to LRA violence.
The film documents the life of a young Ugandan, Tony and follows the past eight years of his life, which have been marked by violence from rebel groups like the LRA. The screening will be at the Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Building – room # 102 (856 Campus Place N.W.) There will be story driven merchandise for sale, including bracelets, handbags, and T-shirts. One hundred percent of the proceeds go towards ending the war and rebuilding areas affected by the LRA.
The crisis in Central Africa has become the catalyst of this movement, focused on mobilizing hundreds of thousands of young people into active participation in foreign affairs.
The outcome of this movement has been the momentum behind the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act that was signed into law by President Obama. Because of the advocacy work done by young Invisible Children supporters across the country, the bill was co-sponsored by all members of congress.