Machine Gun Preacher
March 13, 2012 § 1 Comment
As many of you are undoubtedly aware, a video about Joseph Kony has recently gone viral on the Internet. Kony is the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a group responsible for atrocities committed throughout Southern Sudan, Northern Uganda, and other African nations. If you are interested in another perspective of the effect of Kony on the region, we highly recommend that you watch the movie “Machine Gun Preacher”.
Machine Gun Preacher tells the story of Sam Childers, a Pennsylvanian man from a rough background whose life changes dramatically when he encounters the suffering wrought by Kony. This movie did an excellent job at capturing the stark contrast between American affluence and African simplicity. There is one particularly memorable scene where Sam calls his wife from Uganda – while he is surrounded by immense need all around him, she is in the grocery store surrounded by uncountable milk and egg cartons. Furthermore, this movie showed the difficulty involved with seeing incredible suffering and then simply turning your back to it. For Sam, such a course of action is unacceptable.
Watching this movie was cathartic for us – it helped us process some of the emotions we experience when we think about the life of comfort we have known for so long compared to the challenges many people in Zambia and other nations face every day. Hopefully some of you will watch it and be moved as well!
Note: the movie is R-rated for violence, language, sex, etc. Be warned that not all of it is easy to watch, but it is appropriate given the intense subject matter.