Dave White
Darfur Now Review

Dave's Rating:


… refuses to really get down and dirty …

Who's in It: Don Cheadle, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Ahmed Mahammed Abaka, Adam Sterling, Pablo Recalde

The Basics: Darfur is the western region of Sudan. Its government has launched a genocide against its own civilians, sponsoring the "janjaweed," who've burned villages, raping and destroying men, women and children. So far, over 200,000 people have been murdered, and over 2.5 million have become refugees. This documentary focuses on six people who are working to stop the genocide: a USC student focusing on divestment, actor Don Cheadle, a food relief worker, the prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, a tribal sheikh and a young woman fighting with the anti-government rebels.

What's the Deal? It's hard to be contrary about an activist-spirit documentary like this. Because even though it's not the most compelling film (it refuses to really get down and dirty about the atrocities, something that might truly shake up its Western audience), and it seems sort of naively We Are the World-ish in its optimism, at least it exists and wants to educate people who've still not fully grasped the horror of the situation. And for that alone, it gets a pass.

What It Will Boil Down to for Most American Viewers: You're probably not going to devote a lot of your life to becoming a Save Darfur activist after you watch this. In fact, movies like this can have the opposite effect and leave you feeling helpless. But becoming aware, giving some money to the right groups that work for change, knowing when our government is dealing with legislation related to it, emailing your Congressperson — that's what you can do after you see this. You can't change the world by yourself, but you can do one small thing.

Most Chilling Quote: From Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, who says, "If this court is not working well, in 25 years the world will be like Darfur."


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