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'KONY 2012' sequel postponed

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Ugandans from Lira watch the premiere of "Kony 2012," a 30-minute YouTube film created by the nonprofit Invisible Children. Lira was one of the areas that was ravaged by 20 years of Joseph Kony's rebellion.

Invisible Children delayed the release of a sequel to the viral video "KONY 2012" from Tuesday to Thursday, according to the organization's Twitter account.

It was originally supposed to air on April 3, but for an unknown reason the group has pushed the release date back to April 5.

Calling it “everything we couldn’t fit into KONY 2012,” Invisible Children will once again inform audiences about the use of children soldiers in the Lord’s Revolution Army in Uganda.


The video about LRA leader Joseph Kony has been viewed more than 86 million times since it originally debuted on YouTube nearly one month ago.

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The organization’s founders and CEO went on a media blitz promoting the documentary, and depended heavily on social media to increase viewership.

But Invisible Children also came under scrutiny for the “KONY 2012” film, with many calling it an oversimplification of the complex LRA conflict in Uganda.

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Joseph Kony, former leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, answered journalists' questions at Ri-Kwamba, in Southern Sudan, in 2006. Although the Kony 2012 was much critiqued by people who found it dated and overly simplistic, a former child soldier said he supported the video.

A group of human rights activists gathered outside the headquarters of the nonprofit on March 30, calling attention to issues they claim were omitted from the documentary.

Invisible Children CEO Ben Keesey released a series of video responses to the criticism, and later created a page dedicated to the widespread critiques.

The group has been trying to get back on its feet after an unusual turn of events when Invisible Children co-founder and filmmaker Jason Russell suffered a brief reactive psychosis. Russell was discovered by police in Pacific Beach on March 15 in various stages of undress and behaving in a bizarre manner.

Russell was detained and taken to a hospital. It could be months before he can return to Invisible Children, according to his wife Danica.

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Jason Russell co-founded the non-profit Invisible Children and directed "Kony 2012," a video that has 86 million views on YouTube.

Invisible Children volunteers and workers made little to no public appearances following the incident and the new video will be the group’s first major push since Russell’s hospitalization.

The new video will also include an update on its “Cover the Night” event on April 20 and will air on the Invisible Children YouTube page on Thursday.

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