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April 07, 2007

Invisible Children - 4

This is a documentary made about children in Uganda who hide at night to avoid being forced to fight for rebel armies. Most of them are also orphans from the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The cause is a good one, and the film is mostly a vehicle for the organization to raise money to try to help these children. The film was made by some twentysomething guys who wanted an adventure, so they went to Africa and only then did they discover this problem for themselves. The film ends up being more about the affects that seeing a completely different view of the world in Africa can have on Americans. This film could have done more to actually explain the plight of these children, rather it plays a manipulative game with the audience. I think there are better ways (a few I would suggest: 1, 2, 3) to help people become aware of the problems in Africa and what we might be able to do about it.

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