Everyone loves secrets. Everyone loves knowing something powerful or important that others don't. We cling to obscure knowledge and esoteric trivia for the idea that by knowing something concealed or contrarian you're a brave individualist unafraid to champion the challenging and subversive. There's only one problem: it's hard. So we create shortcuts.
Achol was tall and attractive, and by the time we initially found her she had been raped and abused over 200 times. Now out of the army, she wanted to marry, but the region knew of her history and kept her at a distance.
Along the way, we're constantly reminded of the film's blatant focus -- arrest the Kony monster, save the children. No subtlety here. Jason Russell's own cute four-year-old son Gavin co-stars with his father. The kid doesn't advance the story himself, he's simply a powerful device to pull at every heartstring in every viewer.
If you were to ask General Romeo Dallaire what he thought of the KONY 2012 video, he would tell you that the scope of Joseph Kony's criminal actions wouldn't have been possible if the world had moved in such a way as to deconstruct the child weapon system before people like Kony could unleash his bloody havoc.
Stopping Kony is no longer as important as properly dealing with his tragic legacy. The ultimate way we deal with Joseph Kony is by transforming the tortured souls he left behind. Capturing him won't do that. Making the world aware of him likely won't either. In the end, it's up to you.
Watching the Kony 2012 video leaves you with the wrong impression. We now know that Kony only has a few hundred troops at most, that most of the child soldiers are no longer with him, and that international forces are taking the lead in discovering Kony's whereabouts.
How is it that within 24 hours we turned Stop KONY 2012 -- a campaign that was supposed to be about LRA affected individuals in need -- into an embarrassingly narcissistic debate about our societal status quo? Kony 2012 involves us, but isn't about us.