Kony 2012: The campaign to catch a killer

We talked about this video on the show today. It’s from a campaign by a group called Invisible Children. They want to increase international pressure to capture Joseph Kony. The video is about the atrocities carried out by Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army and has gone viral, racking up millions more views seemingly by the hour.

KONY 2012 from INVISIBLE CHILDREN on Vimeo.

Stephanie Curtis, social media host

  • Martha Vickery

    It’s the best cause advocacy film I have seen, and what is most exciting, this cause could be a seminal event in really showing the work of social media at its best. People power could really stop this guy. We see how it could in this film.

    That the filmmaker used his son as a vehicle for speaking truth to power was a brilliant stroke. The boy is not just there to be cute; he’s there to show how obvious this cause is, and how even a 4 or 5 year old can understand it.

  • Chris G

    There is one problem, the film does not inform the viewers accurately.

    First of all those 30,000 children were abducted over 30 years.

    Second, Kony is not even in Uganda anymore, and his LRA is believed to have only several hundred left.

    While the trail of murder and abduction over the last 30 years demands Kony be brought to justice, this film does not inform the viewers well enough to know what to even advocate for.

    I support the efforts to bring Kony to justice but not a film that does not accurately inform the viewers.

    If Kony is to be brought to justice, all signs point to him being in hiding in South Sudan, a divided nation with many problems.

  • Stephanie

    We’ll be talking more about this tomorrow morning on The Friday Roundtable. I’ll mention both your comments.