EMU to Screen United Nations Film

The Americans for Informed Democracy chapter at Eastern Mennonite University is hosting a public screening of “The Peacekeepers,” a new documentary about the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, in the Suter Science Center Auditorium.

The film, not yet released to the public, documents the struggle to save a “failed state,” taking the viewer back and forth between the United Nations headquarters in New York and events on the ground in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from summer 2002 until spring 2004.

Organizers say the documentary screening and public discussion come at a critical time in the U.S. relationship with the United Nations. On Mar. 21, 2005, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan presented a new report for sweeping reform in the United Nations, “In Larger Freedom.” In his report, Annan calls for a collective security system to fight terrorism, an enlarged Security Council, a revamped UN human rights system and new guidelines for military action.

While the reforms are critical to the U.N.