Invisible Children releases new film, ‘Move’
Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 21:11
Invisible Children, the nonprofit organization that released the film KONY 2012 last spring, has released a new movie titled “Move,” which several hundred students gathered to see Thursday in the Trabant University Center.
When the film “KONY 2012,” which documented the crimes of warlord Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army in Eastern and Central Africa, was released in March, it reached over one million views within 36 hours of upload and became the most viral video in history.
The event was sponsored by the registered student organization Uganda Untold and volunteers from Invisible Children presented the new film, which details the creation and success of “KONY 2012” and the events leading up to co-founder Jason Russell’s public breakdown and its impact on the organization.
Shortly after the movie’s release, Russell was seen running nude and cursing in San Diego after multiple news interviews about the credibility of Invisible Children. Russell offered an apology in the new film for his actions and the loss of trust it potentially caused.
Despite media scrutiny, Russell says they will continue to follow the campaign’s slogan, “Stop at nothing,” to bring Kony to justice and the movie included the next steps people can take to help bring about Kony’s arrest and the end of the war.
According to the film, since 2006, Kony and the LRA have spread their influence from Uganda into the neighboring countries of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic and South Sudan.
Kony is the International Criminal Court’s most wanted and has been indicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity including murder, enslavement, rape and forced enlistment of children.
“He has cut off people’s ears, he has cut off people’s lips, he has made children eat the flesh off a human being,” Regional Ambassador of Eastern and Central Africa Okot Andruvile says in the film. “One child will tell you, ‘I killed more than 200 people.’ That is how bad Joseph Kony is.”
Junior Allie Copman, who says she had not seen the original film, says watching “Move” helped her clear up the confusion she had about the LRA conflict and Invisible Children’s project.
“I really had no idea about the gravity of the situation,” Copman says. “And getting to see this movie just made the impact so much bigger now. I’m glad I saw it”
In addition to the film, survivor Ojok Amos from northern Uganda spoke to students about his personal experience of growing up during the war. He says when the war started in 1987 he was 10 years old and already a partial orphan. Two years later, Amos says, much of the assets left by his late father were depleted and his mother died, leaving him to care for his nine other siblings.
“I was 12 years old, still young,” Amos says. “I did parental love, I did emotional support as an already full orphan.”
After the death of his mother, Amos says he briefly found someone to pay his high school fees and basic needs but then had to work to earn money to support himself and his family. Eventually he went to college and studied education.
“When I got to college the only study I could think of was education because I needed to hurry and support my younger siblings,” Amos says.
After college, Amos worked as a teacher for several years before becoming a mentor for Invisible Children in 2006. As a mentor he identifies children affected by the war and helps them receive a scholarship as well as emotional guidance and support.
For his closing remarks, Amos encouraged students to attend the organization’s next event Move: D.C. in which the younger generation is asked to rally around the White House. The hope is to get the newly elected president and world leaders to meet and initiate the arrest of Kony, according to the film.
The United States has already put military advisors in Central Africa and President Barack Obama has pledged to support the efforts to stop Kony.
Amos says it is important for the younger generation to rally in Washington, D.C. and around the world if they want their leaders to take action.
“We need to speak up and remind our world leaders of the promises they have made to end this brutal war,” Amos says.
Senior Victoria Cosgrove, project council coordinator of Uganda Untold says the group had been in contact with Invisible Children for several years and asked them to come to the university.
She said they hoped the event would re-inspire students to take action and to reiterate that the LRA conflict is a still an ongoing problem.
“We really want people to know that ‘KONY 2012’ and the conflict in general is not a fad and that it’s not over,” Cosgrove says.