Last week Whitney and I attended a screening of an amazing documentary titled Invisible Children. This film was produced, filmed, and directed by three college students who wanted to travel to Northern Uganda to film a documentary. They had had no story planned and no prior movie-making experience. After several days of searching for a story to film, they found it within the children who lived on the streets.
Hundreds of children were left as orphans due to the outbreak of AIDS and the war between the rebel LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) and the government of Uganda. To make matters worse, the LRA have been abducting the youngest of children, both orphans and non-orphaned. They torture them, brain-wash them, and train them to become killing machines.
Whitney and I were both moved and inspired by this film. It was educational, emotional, and even entertaining. As photographers, we enjoyed watching the amateur videography skills progress as the story moved along. Some really great images were taken toward the end of the film.
The creators of this film have started a movement. The first thing they ask is that we spread the word of this horrible situation. More American’s, including our government, need to know about the horrible acts that are being made upon these children. No matter what your political views are, you can not deny these acts are wrong.
Whitney and I have decided to use Dove Wedding Photography to contribute to the Invisible Children Campaign. The first thing we ask is you check out the websites www.invisiblechildren.com and www.myspace.com/invisiblechildren. Next, locate a screening of the film in your area or purchase the video from the website. The film is heavy at times, but not overly graphic. It is acceptable for teenagers to watch and is made entertaining enough to keep their attention.
We hope you will be inspired as Whitney and I have. Being the dove is a symbol of peace, and weddings are a symbol of love, it only makes sense for us to use Dove Wedding Photography as a means to help end this war. When we launch our new website, we hope you will be excited about what we are doing.