If you haven’t heard of this film yet, chances are you’re about to start seeing it all over the place. It was made by Invisible Children – an activist group set on raising awareness to the attrocities committed in Uganda in the name of the Lord’s Resistance Army (the LRA), a supposedly extremist religious group who count rape, mutilation, murder and even cannibalism on their rap-sheet.
And the worst attrocity of all is that they are crimes committed without justice: the group are an anti-humanitarian collective, bent on establishing a theocratic state based on the Ten Commandments, and dedicated to the cause no matter what the cost to their fellow countrymen, as well as those in wider targeted African regions. And for the most part, the world remains ignorant of who they are and what they are doing.
Despite repeated attempts to break apart the LRA and kill or capture Kony, the leader remains at large and his terrorist group continues to commit crimes in the name of religion: abducting children and taking women as sex slaves, and murdering thousands across four countries.
Invisible Children’s film seeks to raise awareness of those in charge of the group, and specifically guerilla leader Joseph Kony, who claims to be on a mission from God to establish his theocratic state. The group wish to raise that awareness in order to raise support for Kony’s arrest and to “set a precedent for international justice”.
It is truly a great film, in terms of both motive and technical prowess, and it is one that deserves to be shared even further.
You can join in the debate, or voice your concerns on Twitter using the #STOPKONY hashtag. Celebrities including Zooey Deschanel, MC Hammer and Pete Wentz have already taken to their accounts to lend their own voices to the calls for awareness and for Kony to be captured.