Invisible Children, a non-profit activist group that endeavors to raise awareness and funds for children forced into slavery as child soldiers, will screen its newest documentary, "Tony," at Niagara University's Castellani Art Museum on March 11. Sponsored by NU's Office of Campus Ministry, the free, public event begins at 1 p.m. and includes a viewing of the film, as well as an appearance by four speakers affiliated with Invisible Children, one of whom is a native Ugandan.
Niagara University welcomes students from any local high schools and colleges who wish to attend.
"We are very excited and honored to host Invisible Children on campus at Niagara University and hope that members of our community will take the time to learn about the travesty that child soldiers and child slaves are prevalent in other parts of the world," said Monica Saltarelli, NU's campus minister.
"Tony" follows the life of a young Ugandan who is fighting to stop other boys from being forced into becoming child soldiers.
Invisible Children is a nationwide movement that focuses on the plight of child soldiers in Uganda and Chad. Niagara University has been chosen to host Invisible Children's East Coast team, which tours schools and universities in the region to build awareness of injustices and raise funds for rehabilitative programs. The team will be accompanied by a Ugandan who will share his/her experiences at the event.
Niagara University has an active Invisible Children chapter on campus. Participating students support the cause through bake sales, gift-wrapping fundraisers and Chinese auctions. The group also regularly holds screenings of the first Invisible Children documentary, "Invisible Children: Rough Cut," which was released in 2003. The film was originally shown to friends and family, but has now been seen by millions of people.