Kony 2012 Sequel Is Out And Fires Against Critics
April 7, 2012 by staff
Kony 2012 Sequel Is Out And Fires Against Critics, “Beyond Famous,” released Thursday, continues to advocate for the capture of Joseph Kony
A famously viral and controversial video that turned an African warlord into a household name in February now has a sequel. On Thursday morning, the San Diego-based organization Invisible Children released “Beyond Famous.” Coming in at 19 minutes – about 10 minutes less than the group’s first video – the sequel addresses media criticism of the first “Kony 2012″ video, which caught fire on Twitter and was reportedly viewed on YouTube 100 million times. It also explains what politicians in Washington and in Africa have done in the past month since the original “Kony 2012″ video.
The second video continues to advocate for the capture of Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army. Formed in the 1980s, the LRA is a sectarian military and religious group that operates in Uganda and South Sudan. As its leader, Kony recruited child soldiers and committed numerous atrocities include raping and maiming civilians, experts say. Kony is at large.
Ben Keesey, Invisible Children’s executive director, told CNN the makers of the first video said they wanted to explain the plight of children affected by the LRA. The video hung its narrative on 30-something American filmmaker Jason Russell, his friendship with a young Ugandan boy who had escaped from the LRA, and Russell’s young son, Gavin.
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