Kony 2012 is a 2012 American short documentary film produced by Invisible Children, Inc. (authors of Invisible Children). The film's purpose was to promote the charity's "Stop Kony" movement to make Ugandan cult and militia leader, indicted war criminal and the International Criminal Court fugitive Joseph Kony globally known in order to have him arrested by the end of 2012, when the campaign expired. The film was released on March 5, 2012, and spread virally, and the campaign was initially supported by various celebrities
Why It Sucks
- The film is a completely slick and manipulative piece of propaganda disguised as a documentary aimed at young children.
- The editing of the documentary is HORRIBLE.
- We are never explained who Joseph Kony actually is, why he is such a bogeyman and who his Lord's Resistance Army is fighting against. What is his background, how and why is he a rebel, what political/social/economic conditions existed in Uganda in the 1990s that enabled him to rise to his current position as Uganda's biggest enemy, and why should we get rid of him now when we could have got rid of him years ago? There are a bunch of questions that were never answered in this documentary, which is very confusing.
- No historical concept in this documentary is given.
- The documentary was only made just to get Kony famous so that he can get captured/killed by the end of 2012. Yes, that was the only purpose of this crappy piece of propaganda.
- It also seems like they're trying to instead praise and celebrate him by trying to get him famous. It even feels like they're helping him with his terrorism by making him a global celebrity, which is HIGHLY dangerous.
- The documentary fails to encourage the viewer to learn about the situation going on in Uganda. It instead provides a dull black and white picture of what's happening.
- It does point out that Joseph Kony's a really bad person, though the execution of the documentary is horrendous.
While it was initially met with praise, Kony 2012 has been heavily criticized for being nothing but a piece of propaganda and trying to get Joseph Kony famous throughout the world.
- After the release of this documentary, the director, Jason Russell, was caught naked on the streets, vandalizing cars and making sexual gestures during a public breakdown.