Invisible Children

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Invisible Children
Invisible Children DVD.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jason Russell
Bobby Bailey
Laren Poole
Distributed by Invisible Children, Inc.
Release date
  • 2006 (2006)
Running time
55 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Invisible Children is a 2006 American documentary film which depicts the human rights abuses by the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda.[1]


In the spring of 2003, Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey, and Laren Poole traveled to Africa to document the War in Darfur. Instead, they changed their focus to the conflict in northern Uganda, Africa's second longest-running conflict after the Eritrean War of Independence. The documentary depicts the abduction of children who are used as child soldiers by Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). This film centers around a group of Ugandan children who walk miles every night to places of refuge in order to avoid abduction by the LRA.


The film was first screened on June 22, 2004, at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego.[2]

Since then, Invisible Children, Inc. has hosted over 9000 screenings at colleges, high schools, churches, concerts and other venues. As of June 2009, it is estimated that more than 5 million people have seen Invisible Children: The Rough Cut.[3]

Social activism[edit]

The story of children depicted in the film was the basis for a grassroots movement mobilizing thousands of American teens into action to raise money to rebuild war-torn schools in northern Uganda and provide scholarships to African youth.[4]

In 2005, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Invisible Children, Inc., was created, giving individuals a way to respond to the situation in Uganda.[5] An employee of the organization, Nate Henn, was killed in the July 2010 Kampala attacks.[6]


The film is roughly 55 minutes long, and the DVD includes a shorter 35-minute version for different screening options. The DVD also includes special features; deleted scenes, extras, filmmaker commentary, update on the war, and trailers from Invisible Children, Inc.[1]


  1. ^ a b Invisible Children on IMDb
  2. ^ University of San Diego The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice.
  3. ^ Deneen, Sally. "Making a Difference - Invisible Children Helping young victims in war-torn Africa," Success Magazine, 2010.
  4. ^ Wellspring International.
  5. ^ Take Part web site, 2010.
  6. ^ "AP Top News at 4:05 a.m. EDT". Associated Press. July 12, 2010. Retrieved July 12, 2010. 

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