Ivan 2012

My friend Jay Shapiro wrote this blog post about his experience in Uganda and his thoughts on Invisible Children and the Kony 2012 campaign. Jay is a filmmaker who spent the last 3 years making an inspiring youth baseball documentary Opposite Field  in Uganda. If you took 30 minutes to watch the Kony 2012 video, I really encourage you spending maybe another 10 minutes to read about Jay’s first hand experience working with the children in Uganda. He explains very clearly the complexity  of the problems in Uganda, and the flaws in Invisible Children’s overly simplistic message. Ugandan journalist Rosebell Kagumire said in her video response to Invisible Children, ” If you are showing me as voiceless and hopeless, you have no space telling my story.” I can’t agree with that more. As the Kony 2012 video seems to catch the internet on fire, I am really glad we are going to see another story that, as Jay says

…includes some of the very kids who rose from those ashes which Invisibile Children seems to want to reignite and found a goal and identity which they are proud of in a game called baseball. And they are really good at it. And I can’t wait to MAKE THEM FAMOUS.

p.s. Why Ivan 2012? Ivan is one of the kids in the Uganda youth baseball team who has beat all kinds of odds to become a very good baseball player.