This Fall’s RFTW Film Series to Examine Children and War

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Ready for the WorldThis fall, the Ready for the World initiative’s Intercultural Intersections program will screen a series of films focused on the theme of Children and War.

This topic was chosen to support the Life of the Mind book choice this year, Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier.

Faculty are encouraged to add some of the film showings into their fall course schedules. The films include both fictional and documentary material.

All films are screened in the Hodges Library auditorium Sundays at 2 p.m.:

August 24: Ezra (2007) – The story of a boy forced to become a soldier in the Sierra Leone civil war and his rehabilitation.

September 7: Empire of the Sun (1987) – A British boy’s capture and camp confinement after the 1941 Japanese invasion of Shanghai. Based on a true story and starring Christian Bale.

September 14: Children of War-The Evacuees (2007) – Documentary on relocation of children in WWII Britain.

September 21: Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2000) – Documentary on the rescue of 10,000 Jewish children during WWII.

September 28: Pan’s Labyrinth (Laberinto del fauno) (2007) – A child’s fantastic response to the unimaginable cruelty she witnesses during the 1944 anti-Franco guerrilla warfare in Spain.

October 5: In Country (1989) – The lasting impact of war on Vietnam veterans and their children; based on a novel by Bobbie Ann Mason and starring Bruce Willis.

October 19: Stop the Traffick (2001) – Short documentary on the effects of thirty years of war on Cambodian children; Doubles: Japan and America’s Intercultural Children (1995) – Hour-long documentary on the mixed-race children of WWII American soldiers and Japanese women.

October 26: Innocent Voices (Voces inocentes) (2004) – Fictional story of the effect of war on children in 1980s El Salvador, based on a true story.

November 2: The 3 Rooms of Melancholia (2004) – Documentary on the devastating effect of war on children in Chechnya.

November 9: God Grew Tired of Us (2007) – Documentary on three "Lost Boys" from Sudan who fled civil war in their country and relocated to America.

November 16: Uganda: The War of the Children (2004) – Documentary on the Lord’s Resistance Army in which eight out of ten rebels are under 16 years of age.

November 23: Children in War (1999) – Documentary on the effects of modern warfare and terrorism on children in Bosnia, Israel, Rwanda, and Northern Ireland.

For more info call 974-4845.

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