10/21/10 ASHLAND, OH -- Ashland University's Human Trafficking Awareness Group, accompanied by the Ashland Center for Nonviolence, will show the film, "Children of War," on Nov. 1 at 7 and 9 p.m. in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium. This event is free and open to the general public.
The independent documentary focuses on the lives of former child soldiers. Having been abducted from their homes and schools and forced to become fighters by the Lord's Resistance Army - a quasi-religious militia led by self-proclaimed prophet and war criminal Joseph Kony - the children confront and break through years of brutal abuse, extreme religious ideology and participation in war crimes. Forcing children to fight is a growing, worldwide phenomenon throughout third-world countries.
Filmed inside northern Uganda over a period of three years, "Children of War" follows the unique journey of a group of former child soldiers as they undergo a process of trauma therapy and emotional healing while in a rehabilitation center. As these counselors guide the children through a series of private, one-on-one counseling sessions, the children begin to open up and confess their participation in particular battle and atrocities with the Lord's Resistance Army, as well as discover the steps they must take to recover and begin a new life.
As the counselors in the Center directly address these challenges and selflessly guide the children forward into new lives, "Children of War" illuminates a powerful story of forgiveness, hope and finally, homecoming in the aftermath of war.
One audience testimony stated, "What a powerful story of love, compassion and forgiveness. The artistic beauty of this film somehow manages not to distract from making a very personal connection. After seeing the film I could not help but think of how war has touched us all. I am not sure if we will ever see a time without war in the world and that is why I feel this film is so important. This film shows the healing process necessary for our survival in the aftermath of war."
Producer and director Bryan Single has experience with other documentaries. In 2004, he directed and produced for the first time when he created, "Shadows of the Sun." His work also includes "Big River Man," (2009 Sundance Award for Excellence in Cinematography), "Students of Consequence" and "God In America."
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