The situation in Uganda has been horrible for years. The documentary tells teh story of the children of northern Uganda, who commute into cities at night to sleep there. In the case of the particular case of the town th three guys who made the documentary visited, the children slept in a hospital. The children make this nightly commute because they are less likely to be abducted than they would be if they slept in their own homes.
The LRA (a rebel group that has been around for years) abducts children to make them child soldiers. The children are trained and forced to kill, and brutal intimidation (most of the time, killing other children right before their eyes) is used to coerce them into killing others, sometimes even family members.
Sales money from the documentary is not really the main fundraiser. The film is mainly to cause awareness, in order to attract donors that can help these children out, providing education, food, etc.
All of you that all American citizens, also have the option to write letters to your representatives asking for them to lobby in favor of the US government working together with the Ugandan government to stop the LRA, and allow the people there to leave without fear. It is a pretty big task, but doing something beats the hell out of being indifferent.
The situation in Uganda is perhaps the worst terrorist situation noty getting enough media coverage or attention from the international community.
I am not targeting you especifically, chrisdoesntknow, but isn't it interesting how most of the time we (yes, me included) do not have time to browse around a site such as www.invisiblechildren.com
, but often we find ourselves following a link to an entertaining thread in some other online board, and end up spending a great deal of time reading it, just because it is funny/interesting, or whatever?
You may even be able to download the film using a p2p program. I know at least of one person who did it this way. I am sure they like the support income they get through sales, but there is a lot of value in the awareness that watching the film causes.
I know each country/region has its own problems, but it does not mean we shouldn't help out just because those in need are far away, or because we do not know them.
Please try to catch this film sometime. A full-length feature of the same name will be in theaters in about a year, but you don't need to wait that long.