Show Times: Invisible Children’s Tony

by Christina Jedra / Beacon Staff • October 6, 2011

Oct. 6, 7:00 p.m. | Bill Bordy Theatre | Free

strongChristina Jedra, Beacon Correspondent/strong

Tonight, Emerson Peace and Social Justice (EPSJ) will present a screening of Invisible Children’s newest documentary, emTony,/em from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Bill Bordy Theatre at 216 Tremont St.

The film is the most recent in a series of revealing movies by the non-profit organization that uncovers the effects of Joseph Kony’s extremist group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), whichhas been terrorizing Uganda and its surrounding countries. For over two decades, Kony has been abducting children and forcing them to fight against the government.

Through communication, education, and rehabilitation, Invisible Children seeks to rescue LRA members and transition them back to self-sufficient home life. One of the group’s chief methods of spreading information is through its films.

This season’s film emTony/em is a powerful documentary that follows the journey of the titular Ugandan boy who grew up in a war zone and was forced into battle by the LRA, but lives to tell his story on educational tours for Invisible Children. The picture intertwines his back story with the relationship that develops between him and Invisible Children roadie Nate.

“It’s such an emotionally moving and jarring circumstance,” sophomore EPSJ president Dylan Manderlink said in an interview.

“Together, they prove that it doesn’t matter where you’re from, how intense [and] awful the things you’ve gone through ... there are genuine and inspiring people out there who will support you, help you, and tell your story to others so that something similar doesn’t happen to them,” she said.

Manderlink, who studies investigative theater for social change, has been interested in helping Uganda since high school. When she joined EPSJ last year she realized that Invisible Children hadn’t visited Emerson on one of their tours, she booked them immediately through their website. “Our generation can do something to help,” she said.

EPSJ advocates for positive changes and knowledge reached through peace and nonviolence, according to the group’s Facebook page. “[The audience] will be a lot more educated about the conflict,” said Manderlink about emTony/em. “It’s an amazingly well done documentary and the emotion and inspiration you feel after watching it is unparalleled.”

emJedra can be reached at christina_jedra@emerson.edu/em