Movies take audiences where they could not go otherwise, such as the far reaches of outer space or a kitchen with George Clooney in it. See the stars with this GrouponLive deal to see Restore Gulu: Child Soldier No More and Beautiful Africa: A New Generation, presented by the Gasparilla International Film Festival and Watoto at the Tampa Theatre. For $25, you get two general-admission tickets on Sunday, February 17, at 5 p.m. (up to a $50 value). Doors open at 4:30 p.m.
Supporting Watoto's efforts to care for orphans and rebuild communities in northern Uganda, audiences come together to witness a sliver of the country’s harrowing travails and inspiring reconstruction. The evening opens with a screening of the organization's Restore Gulu: Child Soldier No More, which documents the devastation of civil war and disease on the titular village. In a country where half the population is younger than 15 and war has been boiling for 23 years, Gulu’s new generations must strive to restore community and reclaim a sense of peace that they have never known.
After the movie, the Watoto Children's Choir performs their new Broadway-style show Beautiful Africa: A New Generation. Made up of children aged 6–15 who have lost their parents to disease and war, as well as an accompanying team of adults, the choir helps raise awareness of their home’s difficulties and the programs that have provided for them. Replete with music, video, dazzling dance, transformative stories, and costumes capable of upstaging a rainbow, the group has performed at such august venues as the White House, Buckingham Palace, and the Australian Parliament.
Although it was built in 1926, Tampa Theatre doesn’t just transport its audiences back in time. It carries them out of time itself, to another world away from the one they know. Inside, a Mediterranean courtyard surrounds with statuary, flowers, gargoyles, and flattened building façades, while above clouds float past the twinkling starlight of a night sky. For more than 40 years, the palace flickered alive with movies, until suburban sprawl left it to decline. But Tampa rallied. Committees formed to lift it from its debts and establish the venue as a Historic Place and Tampa Landmark in 1978. Today the theater fills its otherworldly space with first-run and classic films, as well as concerts and special events.