Independent film about child slaves comes to MU

The documentary is part of a national tour.
Monday, April 16, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 2:31 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

The Invisible Children National Tour will come to MU at 7 p.m. today and Tuesday to show the 2003 documentary “Invisible Children.”

The documentary was made by three independent filmmakers in their twenties: Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey and Laren Poole. The three intended to go to Sudan to film but ended up in Uganda, where they met orphaned children who were trying to avoid abduction by the Lord’s Resistance Army — a rebel group that uses children as soldiers or slaves.

Four guest speakers from Invisible Children, an organization inspired by the film, will be at the free event, which will be held in Waters Auditorium tonight and Bush Auditorium on Tuesday. The speakers, Josh Gilman, Chris Loper, Chris Singleton and Alicia Sore, range in age from 19 to 24.

The tour’s stop in Columbia is being co-sponsored by AIESEC, an international exchange organization, and the Baptist Student Union.

Tiffany Malloy, associate campus minister for the Baptist Student Union, said she saw the film when she was a college junior and was affected by it.

“It went on for so long without people knowing,” Malloy said.

According to the Invisible Children Web site, the documentary has been seen by more than 2 million people since its release in 2004. John Grotts, a volunteer for the event at MU, said that more people have become familiar with the crisis in Uganda since the documentary’s release, but that awareness is still not as high as he thinks it should be.

“I think everyone should know about this and everyone should care about this,” Grotts said.

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