FARMINGTON — A benefit showing of the critically-acclaimed movie, “Invictus,” will be held at 6:40 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Narrow Gauge Movie Theater in Farmington.

The film, directed by Clint Eastwood, tells the story of how Nelson Mandela used the sport of rugby to unite the South African people at a time when it seemed like apartheid could only end in bloodshed and violence.

All proceeds from this film will benefit two rugby-related causes.

The first is University of Maine at Farmington’s rugby team as it gets ready to travel overseas to England for a 10-day, three-match tour in April. After this fundraiser was planned, the UMF men learned of a recent effort to support the formation of a rugby league in Rwanda, as that country rebuilds after the 1994 genocide that occurred there.

To help support this excellent cause, the UMF men will share a portion of the proceeds from their “Invictus” fundraiser with the Rwanda Rugby Project.

The movie starts at 6:40 p.m. and for the regular $6 price of admission one can see a great film and support two worthwhile rugby causes. Those who come early, get a chance to pack down in a set scrum with the UMF players and also get a chance to buy a stylish UMF tour T-shirt which will support the UMF men’s travels even more.

This entire event wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity of Narrow Gauge Theater owner John Moore.

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