Reality Bites

"Invisible Children"

Five years ago, the release of Invisible Children caused a stir. The film exposed the tragic realities of child soldiers in northern Uganda, a country that is currently still plagued by a rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army. The story also followed the phenom of the "Night Commuters"-children, ages 3-17, who would walk up to 12 miles from camps to larger towns in search of safety. The military usage of children isn't a new thing, either. Since the 1970s, a number of conventions have come about in an attempt to halt the use of children in armed conflicts, though Human Rights Watch still reports that an estimated 200,000-300,000 children are serving as soldiers for both rebel and government forces in current armed conflicts. Illustration and hybrid students from Laguna College of Art & Design present their first exhibition inspired by the raw emotions evoked by viewing the 2003 documentary of the same name. A screening of the film will also take place, all in hopes of spreading awareness of one of the longest running conflicts in Africa.
Mondays-Saturdays. Starts: March 1. Continues through March 14, 2008

 
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