[SLED] Global Kids Participants to Present Film on Child Soldiers and International Justice

Tabitha Tsai tabitha at globalkids.org
Wed Sep 5 09:18:16 PDT 2007

A diverse group of New York City public high school students have 
produced an important animated new film that focuses on the 
increasingly serious issue of child soldiers.

The film, A Child's War, will be presented this Friday, September 7, 
at 6:00 pm at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. Entry for the 
screening is free. The press is invited. The young animators will be 
available to discuss their work. The Museum is located at 35th Avenue 
and 36th Street in Astoria, Queens. It can be accessed by subway (R 
or V trains to Steinway Street; N or W trains to 36th Ave). RSVP: 
<mailto:afterschool at movingimage.us>afterschool at movingimage.us.

A Child's War is the culmination of the year-long Virtual Video 
Project, an after-school program conducted by Global Kids, Inc. in 
collaboration with the Museum of the Moving Image. During the past 
year, the students gathered regularly to learn about film production, 
global issues, and virtual worlds, producing A Child's War, a 
year-end project on the plight of child soldiers in Uganda.
Global Kids is the foremost nonprofit organization in New York City 
specifically dedicated to educating students in underserved 
communities about international and public policy issues.
Throughout the 2006-2007 Virtual Video Project, the students used 
machinima (digital movies made in online virtual worlds) to create 
short films and public service announcements that relate to important 
global issues.
A Child's War is a short video that displays the students' 
spectacular understanding of both digital media and important 
international issues. Through A Child's War, the 20 young creators 
vividly illustrate a poignant story that documents the fictional life 
experiences of a former child soldier who has come to the 
International Criminal Court to testify against the warlord who 
forced him to murder hundreds of people, including his own family 
A Child's War was created in the virtual world of Second Life, one of 
several "virtual worlds" that offers a three-dimensional environment 
where online participants from around the world are represented by 
avatars in social and workplace interactions that mimic and reinvent 
the physical world. Second Life has millions of users and a growing 
non-profit community.
By streaming the video in Second Life, disseminating it online, and 
presenting it at screenings such as Friday's at the Museum of the 
Moving Image, the students hope to raise awareness about a critical 
global issue.
The Virtual Video Project is part of Global Kids' Online Leadership 
Program (OLP) and made possible with funding from the John D. and 
Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The OLP helps underserved youth 
learn about important international affairs issues and exercise their 
leadership skills through innovative media forms. Students in the 
OLP's Virtual Video Project meet twice a week throughout the school 
year. The after-school program educates them about film production, 
digital media literacy, youth media, civic engagement, and global 
education. Throughout the Virtual Video Project, students learn about 
Second Life, construct a storyboard based on a global issue of their 
choosing, create a series of public service announcements, and create 
one short film such as A Child's War.

You may watch A Child's War at: 
Tabitha Tsai
Online Leadership Program
Second Life Education Specialist
Global Kids Inc.

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