Invisible Children Announces a New Web Video to be Released Tomorrow
BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, April 2 2012
Invisible Children plans to release a sequel to its widely viewed Kony 2012 video on Tuesday, a post on the group's Tumblr indicates. The post says the new video will include information on its "Cover the Night" event scheduled for April 20.
According to a Reuters interview with Jedidiah Jenkins, Invisible Children's director of ideology, the new video is "designed for an international audience with more details on Kony's Lord's Resistance Army and more voices from the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo."
Joseph Kony leads the Lord's Resistance Army, a militant group that has spent decades raiding villages in Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and, until recent years, Uganda. Invisible Children caused an outcry in early March when it released a slickly produced 29-minute web video about Kony, becoming the most-watched video on the Internet but simplifying the case of the LRA so much as to draw widespread criticism.
On the April 20 day of activism, "supporters are expected to volunteer for five hours in their communities to push back against criticism the group has received over what Jenkins dubbed 'slacktivism' or 'clicktivism,'" Reuters reported.
The April 20 day of action was part of the call in the original Kony video; the plan as described then was for supporters to plaster "KONY 2012" paraphernalia all over their towns in order to further raise awareness about Kony.
Reuters also reported that Luis Moreno-Ocampo, chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, expressed his support for the Kony campaign at a Hollywood dinner with film directors, producers and actors on Saturday. He introduced the attendees to Jenkins and praised online video activism.
"The Invisible Children movie is adding social interest that institutions need to achieve results," Moreno-Ocampo told Reuters and AFP in an exclusive interview earlier in the day. "Invisible Children will, I think, produce the arrest of Joseph Kony this year," he said.
One Facebook event for Cover the Night has over 42, 700 respondents, and while it does not appear in Google Trends just yet, it does show up on Google Suggest, indicating some search interest for the topic.
Invisible Children has been working for years to build an organization around stopping the Lord's Resistance Army, sending representatives from city to city to screen previous films and building street teams now blogging from cities like Austin, Tex. and from the road in Utah, Arizona and Colorado.