Invisible Children, the organization behind the viral “Kony 2012” video, released the sequel on Thursday, reports Yahoo!.
“Kony 2012 Part II, Beyond Famous” addresses criticism aimed at the first video, specifically that Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army is not a hugely powerful rebel group in Uganda.
According to MSN, the new video admits that Kony’s forces number only 250 people, but claims it has displaced more than 400,000 and has even abducted 57 more people since the first video came out March 5.
Invisible Children CEO Ben Keesey narrates the 20 minutes follow-up video. The Washington Times writes that Keesey explains what led him to join the effort in support of charity co-founder Jason Russellâs original vision for the organization.
The 33-year-old Jason RussellÂ sought treatment in March several weeks after the first video’s release. The co-founder of Invisible Children wasÂ detained by policeÂ after an apparent meltdown.
Then Russell was shown on video running through the street in his underwear, “interfering with traffic, banging his hands on the sidewalk, yelling and screaming.”
Russell’s wifeÂ DanicaÂ said that he had suffered a “brief psychosis”Â following the unprecedented attention garnered from the first film, which attracted more than 86 million views on YouTube.
“Doctors say this is a common experience given the great mental, emotional and physical shock his body has gone through in these last two weeks,” she said in a statement last month.
“Even for us, it’s hard to understand the sudden transition from relative anonymity to worldwide attentionâboth raves and ridicules, in a matter of days,” Russell’s wifeÂ said.
Russell, who is still undergoing treatment, isn’t featured in the sequel.
Joseph Kony, accused of terrorizing northern Uganda for two decades, is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes. He is accused of abducting children to use as fighters and sex slaves.
Joseph Kony and the rebel group were ejected from northern Uganda in 2005. Kony and few hundred followers are believed to roam the remote jungle straddling the borders of the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo and the Sudan.
While in the first part of the film there was a primary-school presentation of a deeply complex issue, the new video is couched in nuance and deploys dialogue more commonly heard in a United Nations workshop â displacement, rehabilitation, post-conflict â than in a YouTube smash, tells The Telegraph.
The new video tells more about what Kony’s forces are doing in South Sudan and the Central African Republic. There is new footage of Kony and his followers torching villages and training in the jungle.
âOne month later, we are releasing this film to explain the creation of the campaign, the progress thatâs already been made, and what we can all do now to support the ongoing efforts to stop the violence of the LRA,â says narrator Keesey.
The Part II is a traditional documentary that addresses criticisms fired at the San Diego-based nonprofit since its overnight launch to fame, tells Venture Beat.
Among the complaints were that Kony 2012 was too American-centric, that the group spends too little money directly on the people it intends to help, and that it oversimplified the 26-year-old conflict involving Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army.
Ben Keesey said the sequel was made in two weeks. He said that the organization needed to answer to people wanting to know who was behind last month’s Internet success that prompted a bipartisan group of 40 U.S. senators to back a resolution condemning Kony and had children around the country asking their parents to do something.
Part II features more interviews with Africans who talk about how the rebel conflict is complex and requires a multipronged approach to stop the warlord wanted by the International Criminal Court for heinous attacks in multiple countries.
Invisible Children urges viewers to contact policymakers to push for Kony’s arrest and then volunteer in their own communities April 20 in a day of action that it wants to culminate with people spreading the message.