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World Premier of Bryan Single's "Children of War" on Oct. 12 at UN General Assembly Hall, NY

We are pleased and honored to announce the World Premiere Event of “Children Of War” to be screened within the historic and symbolic venue of the United Nations General Assembly Hall, New York City, on the date of October 12, 2010 at 7:00pm, in collaboration with CINEMA FOR PEACE.
When Sep 30, 2010
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Filmed in northern Uganda over a period of three years, “Children Of War” follows the story of a group of former child soldiers as they exit their abduction and undergo a process of trauma therapy and emotional healing while in a rehabilitation center.  Having been abducted from their homes and schools and forced to become fighters by the Lord's Resistance Army -- a pseudo-religious militia led by self-proclaimed prophet and ICC indicted war criminal Joseph Kony -- the children struggle to confront and break through years of brutal abuse, extreme religious ideology, and participation in war crimes with the help of a heroic team of trauma counselors. As these fearless allies guide the children forward into new lives, the film unveils a powerful story of therapeutic peace building, transformational human rights advocacy, and radical healing in the aftermath of war.

Moreover, we are enthused to announce some additional synergizing events for the evening’s itinerary. Specifically, the evening will proceed to highlight a global campaign called "Zero Under 18". The Campaign, recently launched by the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, UNICEF, the Special Representative for Violence against Children, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, seeks universal ratification of the UN Optional Protocol to the Convention of the Rights of the Child on the involvement of Children in Armed Conflict by 2012.  While last week the Gabonese Republic, the Republic of Malawi, and the Islamic Republic of Iran became the latest Member-States to sign or ratify the Optional Protocol, 32 countries have still not yet signed or ratified, and an additional 21 have signed but not ratified.  In short, over 300,000 children are currently being used as weapons of war in over 18 countries, and this campaign represents an innovative and insightful approach to peace-building and diplomacy in the 21st century.

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