Kony 2012 Sequel
April 6, 2012 by staff
Kony 2012 Sequel, Invisible Children, the organization that created the most viral video ever, “Kony 2012,” have followed up the 100-plus million viewed film with a 20-minute video explaining why it made “Kony 2012″ and what the group plans to do next.
“The purpose of the first movie was to make Joseph Kony famous,” says narrator Ben Keesey, Invisible Children’s CEO. “That was step one. Now we want to connect awareness to action and to get people to contact policy makers.”
“Kony 2012″ focused on Joseph Kony, a truly evil war criminal who for more than two decades has led the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in central and western Africa, abducted and enslaved children, and terrorized the region. The first video was rapidly disseminated on Facebook, Twitter and the like, and just as quickly it was criticized as being misguided and disconnected with the actual situation in Uganda (foreign policy experts advised that Kony and the LRA actually left Uganda six years ago, leading to relative peace, a point not made clear in the first film); as sensationalist with an ill-advised strategy for aiding the local people; and the organization itself was scrutinized for shady finances, for devoting a large chunk of its budget to video production, and for alleged ties to anti-gay organizations (a connection it sternly refuted); even a group of Ugandans who screened the film were upset that “belittled and commercialized” their suffering.
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