Invisible Children has released a sequel to its "Kony 2012" film after more than 100 million viewers helped make the Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony infamous worldwide.
The new film "Kony 2012: Part II - Beyond Famous" released Thursday comes in the wake of worldwide criticism that the original video simplified complex issues related to the years of conflict in Uganda. The sequel aims to provide a more in-depth look at Kony's Lord's Resistance Army, which turns children into soldiers and slaves as a means to destabilize the government.
In the video, Invisible Children offers what it calls a "comprehensive approach" to stopping Kony, which includes civilian protection, urging peaceful surrender, providing rehabilitation centers in post-conflict areas and arresting Kony.
"Kony 2012: Part II - Beyond Famous" delves deeper into the fact that traditional peace talks by political and religious leaders have not been able to stop Kony.
"The lesson learned is they commit crimes again," says Luis Moreno-Ocampo, chief international criminal court prosecutor, in the film. "Kony [at] different times proposed peace and then just regained strength and attacked. These guys are committing crimes as a normal way to get power."
Invisible Children co-founder Jason Russell, who suffered a highly public mental breakdown on the streets of San Diego, does not play a part in the film.
As was the case with the original film, the sequel urges viewers to take action and contact policymakers. In the U.S., two bipartisan resolutions supporting the efforts to disarm the LRA were introduced and have now been sponsored by 92 members of Congress, according to the video. And on March 23, the African Union announced the establishment of a Regional Cooperation Initiative to coordinate efforts to end LRA violence in Central Africa.
The second video reminds viewers to heed the call to action on April 20 for the "Cover the Night" movement. Supporters will have the opportunity to show a unified front by serving local communities and contacting policymakers.
"We are a new generation of justice made for such a time as this, because our liberty is bound together across the world and across the street," says the narrator in the video.
Learn more about what you can do through Cover the Night here.
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