[SLED] Global Kids Participants to Present Film on Child Soldiers
and International Justice
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
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
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
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:
Online Leadership Program
Second Life Education Specialist
Global Kids Inc.
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