How to respect local agency, in 19 minutes
If you have been under a rock for the last week, you probably didn’t spend 29 minutes to see this video about Joseph Kony, dubbed Kony 2012. But if you did, then you have to take 19 minutes to watch the above video by Hope North.
Hope North, “is a 40-acre campus in northern Uganda where refugees, orphans and former child soldiers find a place to call home. It is a living and learning community with an accredited secondary school, vocational training center and full time Ugandan staff of fifteen.”
There’s a clear difference in these two videos that are both have the intended purpose of raising awareness, but the primary difference is that this film pays masterful respect to the agency of the subjects who are both the narrators and the subjects of the story. This combination results in a heart-tugging emotional journey into the tragic circumstances that necessitated the existence of Hope North.
Two films. Two very different narratives. A singular purpose.
I wish there was more I could say about this film, but there isn’t anything else to add. The film speaks for itself. I’d love to hear your views. But more importantly, I’d love for us to support this organization as well. Watch it, tweet it, Facebook it. Blog it.