This haunting political documentary starts off like Jackass and ends like Blair Witch. Three naive dudes with shaggy Southern Cali haircuts enter Uganda, knowing little about the extent of the country’s civil war miseries. On one side is the increasingly oppressive Yoweri Museveni (who ascended after Idi Amin and last year abolished presidential term limits), who battles against the Lord’s Resistance Army, led by Joseph Kony, a mystic who claims the spirits advise him to defend, kill and rape. Caught in between are Uganda’s children who, like their peers in Burundi, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Sudan, are forced to carry guns. Carrying cameras, the guys film their misadventures and increasing politicization as they graduate from tourists to activists. (And dabble in believing Kony’s powers, which include turning his enemy’s bullets into drops of water.) Their shaky and utterly real footage has already started an online and in-schools movement, and this year, the lads kicked off an edgy, grassroots tour that rolls up to the Temeku Cinemas for two free screenings this week. (Amy Nicholson)
Invisible Children screens at Temeku Cinemas, 26463 Ynez Rd., Temecula. www.temekucinemas.com; www.invisiblechildren.com. Wed.-Thurs., March 8, 7 p.m. Free.