KONY 2012: Uganda Unhappy With Documentary

It seemed that the whole world had gone stir crazy for KONY 2012, except for one - the very country featured in the documentary.

If you're going to make a film about a warlord and show several disturbing images depicting the plight of its victims, chances are you're going to win over the sympathy of those outraged by the questionable ethics employed by the dictator. Which in the case of KONY 2012 is exactly what happened, with many a Western celebrity and social networking user voicing their anger over the immoral treatment.

But there's also the offhand chance that some might not be so moved by the campaign - and that would be the victim itself: Uganda. On Tuesday night, a public screening of the documentary was held in the town of Lira in northern Uganda, and was met with disdain and bewilderment - not quite the reaction the filmmaker's charity, Invisible Children, was hoping for.

Al-Jazeera’s Malcolm Webb, who attended the screening, reported the following:

"Having heard so many great things about the fllm, the crowd's expectations were high.

People I spoke to anticipated seeing a video that showed the world the terrible atrocities that they had suffered during the conflict, and the ongoing struggles they still face trying to rebuild their lives after two lost decades.

The audience was at first puzzled to see the narrative lead by an American man - Jason Russell - and his young son.

Towards the end of the film, the mood turned more to anger at what many people saw as a foreign, inaccurate account that belittled and commercialised their suffering, as the film promotes Kony bracelets and other fundraising merchandise, with the aim of making Kony infamous.

The event ended with the angrier members of the audience throwing rocks and shouting abusive criticism, as the rest fled for safety, leaving an abandoned projector, with organizers and the press running for cover until the dust settled."

Whilst many may have been scrambling around trying to make the world a better place for Uganda, sometimes we forget that we're making more of a commotion than we need to - neglecting to take into account that perhaps we're more bothered by this than the party in question.

Source: Washington Post