A young Houston filmmaker visited Africa in 2007 to research for a short film he was making about the “supposed” dwindling prevalence of AIDS in Uganda. However, once Andy Krakower arrived in Africa in 2003 he soon became aware that not only had the disease spread at an accelerated pace, but that there was a larger story that needed to be told of the torture and abuse inflicted by the Lord’s Resistance Army on Ugandan children.
Now, with the debut of his documentary, “The Children’s War,” on May 20, 2010 at 8 p.m. at the Angelika Film Center, Andy will shed new light on these atrocities and the reality of life today in Uganda. When you think of the most brutal wars in modern day history, the current conflict in Uganda between the government and the rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army, may not immediately come to mind.
Imagine this war.
A war that has lasted for more than two decades.
A war that doesn’t spare children and in fact, a war that victimizes children in the worse ways: murder, enslavement and sexual exploitation.
After completing his original project about the AIDS epidemic, Krakower spent the next seven years directing and producing “The Children’s War.” The documentary features first hand interviews from men, women and children who, in the midst of this ongoing strife, feverishly embraced the camera crew stating “we just want our stories told to the world; we have been ignored for too long.”
You are invited to attend the screening; hear the powerful voices and see the vivid pleas for global understanding and intervention. Krakower says that this film project “turned from a labor of love to a call for action.”
A call to showcase “The Children’s War” in every aspect, to all who will see.
Andy Krakower’s documentary debut “The Children’s War”
Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 8 p.m.
Angelika Film Center
510 Texas Street
Houston, TX 77002